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What is a Leadless Implantable Heart Defibrillator?
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel has voted 7-1 to back Cameron Health's new type of implantable heart defibrillator. It is the first defibrillator that does not require implanting an electrode near the heart.
Get Safely Scanned with a Pacemaker
Patients with implanted heart devices know getting diagnostic imaging can be tricky and even dangerous. Researchers have found a way to reprogram the devices, allowing patients to safely receive certain MRI scans.
Viewing the Heart's Electrical System in 3-D
Scientists have long had a general understanding of the cardiac conduction system, the complex electrical system in charge of muscle contractions within the heart.
Risk High During Temporary Anticoagulant Halts
Patients with certain types of atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia, are at a high risk of stroke and blood clots if they temporarily stop their blood thinning medication before surgery or permanently because of side effects.
Pre-Op Statins Keep Heart Rhythmic
Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs taken pre-operatively appear to be key to reducing complications and shortening a patient's hospital stay following heart surgery.
RA Knocks the Heart Offbeat
Joint pain is not the only thing rheumatoid arthritis patients have to deal with. The disease is linked to a number of other problems, including heart attack and heart failure.
Software Warns of Potential Heart Device Malfunction
For patients with life-threatening heart arrhythmias, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator ( ICD ) may be a necessity. New software designed to detect potential problems with the devices sooner could make them safer.
Technology Protects Arrhythmia Patients
An investigational device may help prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia that increases the risk of stroke.
Mortality Risk Established for Genetic Heart Rhythm Disorders
Investigators have found a method for predicting the mortality risk among patients with inherited heart rhythm disorders. The finding is also expected to help doctors know when to screen and treat family members.
Heart Arrhythmia Linked to Cognitive Decline
You may be aware of the short-term risks associated with heart arrhythmias. However, atrial fibrillation, a common type of abnormal heartbeat, also appears to come with added risks later in life.