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Heart Devices 101: Guide to the Tools That Keep You Ticking

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 2, 2017 – Pacemakers, defibrillators and other medical devices have saved the lives of millions of people worldwide. Someone you know probably has received one of these heart-health enhancers, although not all have become household words. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration evaluates and regulates these and other medical devices in the United States. Below, the agency provides a ...

Too Many Public Defibrillators Out of Reach When Needed

Posted 15 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 – Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) placed in public spaces can save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. However, a new Canadian study finds too many of the devices are in buildings that aren't always open, so bystanders can't get them when needed. The study, "serves as a vivid reminder that 24/7/365 access to AEDs is as important as their widespread placement," ...

CPR Help as Near as Your Phone

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – A stranger or someone you love suddenly collapses with cardiac arrest, but you don't know CPR. New research shows that help – and CPR instruction – may be just a cellphone call away. This is "a real-world approach that the majority of communities can adopt to help improve survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest," said one expert, emergency room physician Dr. Robert ...

Study Ties Implanted Defibrillators to Long-Term Complications

Posted 3 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – Implantable defibrillators – devices that detect and correct an abnormal heart rhythm – are associated with a high risk of long-term complications, a new study suggests. "An [implantable cardioverter-defibrillator] is a highly effective treatment option to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death," said lead researcher Dr. Isuru Ranasinghe, a senior cardiologist at the ...

Delaying 2nd Shock After Cardiac Arrest Won't Boost Survival: Study

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – Delaying a second shock to the heart in hospital patients with cardiac arrest doesn't improve their chances of survival, suggests a new study that challenges current recommendations. A patient undergoing cardiac arrest needs to be treated with a defibrillator, which sends an electric shock to the heart to restore normal heart rhythm, according to the U.S. National ...

Spare Dying Patients Electric Shocks From Heart Device, Docs Say

Posted 24 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 24, 2016 – Dying patients with an implantable heart defibrillator don't know the device can be turned off so that it doesn't give them painful shocks during their last days of life, researchers report. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are surgically implanted in people with certain heart conditions. They deliver a shock to restore normal heart rhythm when they ...

Women in Cardiac Arrest May Be Less Likely to Receive Help

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – Women are less likely than men to be helped by bystanders if they suffer cardiac arrest, a new study finds. "There is a misconception that women don't have heart problems so they don't get as much help from the public and they are not treated the same by doctors," said study author Dr. Nicole Karam. She is an interventional cardiologist at the European Hospital Georges ...

Slow Heart Rate Doesn't Mean Early Death Risk: Study

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – People with a slow heart rate don't have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. A typical heart rate for an adult at rest is 60 to 100 beats a minute, but in some people it's below 50 beats a minute, a condition called bradycardia, the researchers said. Because the heart may not be pumping enough blood throughout the body, this slow heart rate can ...

Bystander CPR Helps Some Kids Survive Cardiac Arrest

Posted 10 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – More American children who suffer cardiac arrest at home or in public places are getting CPR from bystanders, a new study finds. Kids who receive bystander CPR have better survival rates, the researchers said. But, the study didn't find an impact on infant survival rates. "This lack of impact on infants suggests the need for a public health strategy to improve the use of ...

Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

Posted 10 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 – Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation early and using smartphone alerts to increase rates of bystander CPR can save people with cardiac arrest, two new studies find. When CPR was started before an ambulance arrived, twice as many cardiac-arrest patients lived to leave the hospital than when CPR was delayed, researchers said. And alerting people trained in CPR that ...

Test Endurance Athletes for Heart Woes While They Exercise: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Endurance athletes should be tested for potentially deadly heart rhythm problems when they are exercising rather than resting, and the tests should include the right ventricle as well as the left ventricle, a new study says. Some athletes who participate in endurance events such as marathons and triathlons may have heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that can cause ...

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