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Implanted Devices Detect High-Risk Heart Failure Patients

...lity of already weakened heart muscle. Second, the defibrillator "shocks" the heart back into normal rhythm whenever the heart beats irregularly. In addition to maintaining the heart, the devices also collect heartbeat-by-heartbeat data that can be downloaded from the device and entered into a computer. One use o...

New defibrillator signals doctor of patient's irregular heartbeat or device malfunction

... U.S. to implant into a patient a new FDA-approved defibrillator which automatically signals the doctor via wireles...Biotronik's Lumos DR-T implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) sends a signal to a satellite via a small transmitter that can be placed on a nightstand, worn...

Study: Paramedics save more lives when they don't follow the rules

...ions. "Intubating the patient and waiting for the defibrillator to do its analysis takes time ?time a cardiac arre...val rates are better only if an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available and is used soon after the cardiac arrest. ...

Prototype just-in-time medical device enables untrained bystanders to save lives

..." a pressure-sensing headrest, an anesthesia mask, defibrillator pads, and a video screen and speakers that transmit audio and visual cues to tell the user what to do and give him or her feedback about actions taken. The cues were based on American Heart Association protocols. Half the 40 participants used the J...

MIT: Pulsing light silences overactive neurons

...ly give their brains an electric jolt, acting as a defibrillator to shut down overactive neurons. This new research opens up the possibility of an optical implant that could do the same thing, using light instead of electricity. The Media Lab neuroengineering group plans to start studying such devices in transgeni...

Are one-third of costly implanted heart devices unnecessary? New study suggests yes

...a subset of patients who meet current criteria for defibrillator placement may not benefit at all from ICDs," says Paul Chan, M.D., M.Sc., senior author and a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the U-M Medical School. "Use of the MTWA test, which has been covered by Medicare since spring of 2006, could truly hel...

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