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Hi-Tech Skin Patch Might Someday Track Your Health

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – A new type of acoustic sensor that resembles a small Band-Aid on the skin can monitor your heartbeat and other health measures, researchers say. The sensor may one day offer a way to painlessly and wirelessly track an individual's health. The patch, which weighs less than one-hundredth of an ounce, can help doctors monitor heart health, stomach condition, vocal cord activity, lung performance and potentially many other bodily functions, researchers say. "We've developed a soft, skin-like device that can listen to internal sounds created by function of internal organs," explained study co-author John Rogers. He was a professor of materials science and engineering and a professor of chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the study and is currently at Northwestern University. "Think of the device as a wearable, skin-mounted ... Read more

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Health Tip: What Could Trigger Heart Palpitations?

Posted 8 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Heart palpitations are irregular heartbeats that should be observed by a doctor without delay. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says triggers may include: Feeling strong emotions. Engaging in strenuous activity. Taking certain medications, including decongestants or diet pills. Taking illegal drugs or consuming nicotine, caffeine or alcohol. Having certain medical conditions, including anemia or thyroid disease. Read more

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Smartphone Device Detects Undiagnosed Irregular Heartbeat

Posted 13 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2016 – A small device synced to a smartphone may help identify new cases of a potentially deadly, irregular heart rhythm, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers in Hong Kong used this technology to check the feasibility of widespread community screening for atrial fibrillation, a risk factor for stroke. The hope is that catching more cases of this irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) in the general population will reduce the incidence of stroke. Over 13,000 people participated in the screening. Only 56 of those who were tested had results that couldn't be interpreted. Just over 100 were newly identified as having atrial fibrillation. Among those in the newly identified group, 66 had no symptoms of atrial defibrillation, the investigators found. "Whether this approach is capable of reducing the burden of stroke in our community requires further studies," said Dr. ... Read more

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People With Implanted Defibrillators at Higher Car Accident Risk

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – People who have an implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD) to control an irregular heartbeat appear to have more car accidents than similarly aged people without such devices, a new Danish study finds. Overall, Danish drivers with ICDs were 51 percent more likely to be involved in a traffic accident over the two-and-a-half years of the study. But the findings aren't necessarily a reason to tighten restrictions on these drivers, since the absolute risk of any one ICD-using driver being involved in an accident remained very low – around 1 percent a year. The issue is a tough one, said study lead author Dr. Jenny Bjerre, a physician at Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital in Copenhagen. "On the one side, as physicians we need to take public road safety into consideration when we assess if these patients are medically fit to drive," she said. "But we also have to ... Read more

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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 University of Adelaide in South Australia. "However, there is a substantial and persistent risk of device-related complications and re-operations in the years after implantation." These complications include device malfunction, infection and inflammation, the study authors said. Ranasinghe said the rate of complications is higher than previously reported. "The continued occurrence of complications long after the initial implantation indicates the need for vigilance and ongoing surveillance of ... Read more

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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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Guidelines introduced in 2005 recommend delaying a second shock after the first one to allow time for chest compressions. But evidence to support that advice has been lacking, the study authors said. The authors – led by Dr. Steven Bradley of the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Denver – looked at data on the time between first and second defibrillation attempts. The study included more than 2,700 cardiac arrest patients from 172 U.S. hospitals. About 25 ... Read more

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Wearable 'Defibrillator-in-a-Vest' May Help Some Heart Patients

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 – A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can't use an implantable defibrillator – the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed. That's the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just issued by the American Heart Association. The advisory, however, cautioned that there are still big gaps in knowledge about the devices and they should only be used as a short-term option for specific patients. "They serve an important niche, but there is relatively limited evidence about their effectiveness and safety," said the advisory's lead author, Dr. Jonathan Piccini, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. "We need research and clinical trials to figure out which patient populations they should be applied to and what the relative benefit is," he ... Read more

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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 detect a potentially deadly abnormal rhythm. Doctors are encouraged to inform patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator about the benefits of deactivating the device when they are near death. But research shows that up to 31 percent of people with an ICD receive shocks in their final days. Two new studies provide further proof that many doctors aren't following the Heart Rhythm Society and European Society of Cardiology recommendations. A Spanish study of 243 patients with implantable ... Read more

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Can Smartphones Interfere With Pacemakers?

Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Another study suggests that smartphones should be kept a safe distance from implanted cardiac devices like pacemakers and defibrillators, in the rare chance that signaling "interference" occurs. "Nearly everyone uses smartphones and there is the possibility of interference with a cardiac device if you come too close," study senior author Christof Kolb, prior head of electrophysiology at the German Heart Centre, said in a news release from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This doesn't mean that people with implanted cardiac devices need to toss their phones away, however. "Patients with a cardiac device can use a smartphone," Kolb said. "But they should not place it directly over the cardiac device. That means not storing it in a pocket above the cardiac device. They should also hold their smartphone to the ear opposite to the side of the device ... Read more

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Arbor Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Sotylize

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

Atlanta, GA — October 23,2014 – Arbor Pharmaceuticals announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its New Drug Application (NDA) for Sotylize (sotalol hydrochloride) oral solution. Sotylize is the first and only sotalol oral solution indicated for the treatment of documented life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and the maintenance of normal sinus rhythm in patients with history of highly symptomatic atrial fibrillation/flutter. Prior to the approval of Sotylize, sotalol was only available in tablet form. The tablet form of the product is commonly compounded by pharmacists into a liquid suspension using simple syrup for pediatric and elderly patients who cannot swallow pills. It is such a common practice that the FDA changed the tablet labeling to include instructions for pharmacists on how to compound a simple syrup based sotalol suspension. Ed S ... Read more

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Implantable Defibrillators Linked to Decline in Cardiac Arrests

Posted 6 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 6 – Implantable cardioverter defibrillators – small devices placed in the chest to detect potentially fatal heart rhythms – reduce the number of cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart rhythm, according to a new study. Researchers in the Netherlands estimate that the cardioverter defibrillators prevented 81 cardiac arrests related to ventricular fibrillation between 2005 and 2008 in greater Amsterdam. They further estimate that the devices accounted for one-third of the decline seen in cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation between 1995 and 2008. The study was published Aug. 6 in Circulation. "At least one in 20 [implantable cardioverter defibrillator] carriers can expect a life-saving shock from their device each year," the study's senior author, Dr. Rudolph Koster, associate professor of cardiology at the Academic ... Read more

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