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AHA: Cardiac Arrest Survivor Finds Her Rescuer 5 Years Later

Posted 1 hour 51 minutes ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Heidi Stewart's heart stopped at age 18 in her high school in Vancouver, Wash., quick-acting school administrators and teachers jumped into action, starting CPR. Taking turns, the principal and teachers kept Stewart alive until the EMS team arrived. She was able to thank the teachers and principal when they visited her in the hospital. ...

Electric Cars Don't Jolt Implanted Heart Devices: Study

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so, new research confirms. The study from Germany found that the technology used to power the cars won't interfere with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. "Currently there are no data to suggest that restrictions for cardiac implantable ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware

Posted 8 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 7, 2018 – Folks using online message boards to learn more about their heart implant should take any advice they come across with a grain of salt. Researchers report it's as likely as not the guidance they find will be bogus. About half of the advice related to heart implants found on an anonymous online board was either erroneous, controversial or not specific enough for people ...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator – housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin – continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed. If a ...

Bystander Use of Defib Device Doubles Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – New research shows that surviving cardiac arrest may depend on a bystander quickly shocking your heart back into its normal rhythm, and that is more likely to happen if an automated external defibrillator is handy. In the study, those who got a shock from a bystander using a publicly available automated external defibrillator (AED) were more than twice as likely to ...

Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly. Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device? It happened on the "Homeland" TV series, when Islamic terrorists hacked the heart pacemaker of the vice president of the ...

Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is ...

Don't OD on Black Licorice This Halloween, FDA Warns

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – Black licorice candy may be more trick than treat for adults, according to a new U.S. Food and Drug Administration warning. For people 40 and older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could trigger an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and other troubles, the agency warned in advance of Halloween. Black licorice contains a compound called ...

Bystander CPR Helps Save Brain Function After Near-Drowning

Posted 26 May 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 26, 2017 – Near-drowning victims are more likely to recover with good brain function if bystanders immediately begin chest compressions rather than wait for emergency personnel to arrive, researchers report. "What we found is that when bystanders begin CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] before emergency personnel arrive, the person has a higher chance of leaving the hospital and ...

Taller, Bigger Women May Face Irregular Heartbeat Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 10, 2017 – Big or tall women are nearly three times as likely to develop the dangerous irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation as smaller women, a preliminary study says. The larger a woman's body size as a young adult, the more likely she is to develop the heart disorder later in life, according to the researchers. "There was a stepwise elevation in risk with ...

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 ...

ATMs, Coffee Shops Ideal Spots for Heart Defibrillators

Posted 20 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – ATMs and coffee shops may be among the best spots to place lifesaving defibrillators, a new study suggests. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are devices that can be used by a layperson to restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest. But to do that, they have to be readily accessible. The new study tried to locate where AEDs could potentially save the most ...

MRIs Can Be Safe for People With Heart Devices …

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – People with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators have long been told they can't undergo MRI scans. But a new study suggests that it can be safely done – under the right conditions. The study, published in the Feb. 23 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, focused on patients with standard heart devices not designed to be MRI-compatible. The study found that ...

Shocks From Implanted Defibrillators Trigger Health Costs of Their Own

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – While implanted defibrillators can deliver a potentially lifesaving shock to a heart that's beating erratically, patients often wind up in the emergency room or the hospital needing medical procedures afterwards, a new study shows. That was the case whether the shock was needed or not, and in 38 percent of cases it wasn't, the researchers added. "I see two ...

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