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Are implantable cardioverter defibrillators safe? Effective?

Are implantable cardioverter defibrillators safe? Effective?

Yes and yes: While there have been specific manufacturer recalls of various leads and devices, overall implantable cardiac defibrillators are among some of the safest medical devices implanted. They are extraordinarily effective at terminating the potentially fatal heart rhythms they are implanted to treat. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Is profractional laser safe during breastfeeding?

Is profractional laser safe during breastfeeding?

Wait until after: I generally recommend waiting until you are finished breastfeeding prior to having any procedures. There are no studies to show whether this is safe. Furthermore, because your hormones are at different levels during the postpartum period, you may be more likely to hyperpigment after a laser procedure if you were to do it while breastfeeding. ...Read more

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How effective are endometrial ablations?

How effective are endometrial ablations?

Mostly: There are several different companies that have endo ablation devices, each with varied success. Some women's periods completely stop, while others periods are significantly decreased, and some get no help from ablations. I suggest you talk to your ob/gyn for more information. ...Read more

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How effective are ablations for atrial fibrillations?

How effective are ablations for atrial fibrillations?

Not very effective. : Ablation for regular tachcardias such as supraventricular tachycardia or atrial fibrillation is very successful (>90%). Ablation for atrial fibrillation which is chaotic rhythm is either not successful or if initial success, the positive outcome is not sustained. In other words there is a high rate of recurrence. ...Read more

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Is having an endometrial ablation safe?

Is having an endometrial ablation safe?

Yes : It's safe, effective, and very well tolerated. The safety profile is quite good . Typically it is safer than a hysterectomy - depending on the type/equipment used. ...Read more

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Safe pregnancy with essure procedure in place?

Safe pregnancy with essure procedure in place?

Yes: Saw a patient with successful essure placement in 1 tube only who voluntarily got pregnant. She carried her pregnancy to term with no complications. ...Read more

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How effective is uterine ablation?

Very effective: Endometrial or uterine ablation is up to 90% effective in treating abnormal bleeding depending on the method used. Hta and novasure are the two most effective and common methods. Novasure is slightly quicker and can be scheduled almost any time in your cycle. Hta or genysis hydrothermablation can be performed on differently shaped uteruses with greater safety and with less discomfort. ...Read more

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How safe are intrauterine devices now?

How safe are intrauterine devices now?

Very safe: In the right patient, very safe. The beauty of an iud is that if it causes discomfort or bleeding, it can be easily removed. Mirena (levonorgestrel) also offers the benefit of low dose Progesterone locally which can help control heavy menstrual bleeding. It's unsafe for women prone for STDs since the iud can help infections reach the pelvic cavity & cause infections or abscesses. Your doc will review your risks. ...Read more

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Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

If used properly: Glycerin irritates the bowel lining, causing it to secrete fluids that help relieve constipation. It has no direct cardiac effects. If used to the point that it causes severe diarrhea, there can be changes in your electrolytes which can cause abnormal heart rhythm changes. The insertion of a suppository in the rectum can cause vagal nerve stimulation, rarely resulting in low heart rate and BP ...Read more

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Risks during the ablation and pacemaker implantation?

Risks during the ablation and pacemaker implantation?

Risks of ablation: Mostly the risks are the same as for other procedures, including infection and bleeding, but also rhythm disturbances of the heart and the development of fluid around the heart. In addition, the risks for pacemakers include pneumothorax or the presence of air around the lung. These are usually safe procedures which are performed by trained cardiologists. ...Read more

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Is tikosyn (dofetilide) truly safe for a-fib patients?

Is tikosyn (dofetilide) truly safe for a-fib patients?

Dofetilide: Tikosyn (dofetilide) is one of the medications we use for rhythm control in atrial fibrillation. All these medicines have statistical risk associated with their use. They are approved for use in humans which means used properly the risk is low. Used in the wrong person the risk could be significant. Discuss with the doctor prescribing for information specific to an individual. ...Read more

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Is carbocaine safe during pregnancy?

Mepivicaine: Mepivicaine (carbocaine) is pregnancy category C, however lidocaine is pregnancy category B and can be used safer. The answer actually depends on what the clinical situation is and whether the drug is needed. Talk to your MD. You can look up any drug and find out its pregnancy category. ...Read more

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Is lidocaine safe for pregnant women?

Is lidocaine safe for pregnant women?

Yes: Lidocaine administered epidurally, spinally or by infiltration is safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are there minimally invasive procedures for hysterectomies that do not use morcellation devices?

Are there minimally invasive procedures for hysterectomies that do not use morcellation devices?

Yes, depends on doc!: Morcellation is only needed if a uterus is larger than a certain size. Usually the uterus can be removed INTACT using laparoscopic or vaginal techniques through a temporary opening in the vagina. If your surgeon is sufficiently skilled, this can be done WITHOUT a hospital stay! A subtotal hysterectomy (where the cervix is left in) DOES require morcellation. There is no advantage to this. ...Read more

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Is sauna safe for pregnant women?

No: No. Pregnant women should avoid spending time in a sauna, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy when the neural tube (spine) of the fetus is forming, to help minimize the risk of spina bifida. ...Read more

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Is spinal laser surgery effective and safe?

Is spinal laser surgery effective and safe?

Not fully accepted: Laser spine surgery is an attractive option to patients who fear conventional spine surgery. But there is something to say when there are only a few centers in the country that perform this procedure. With any procedure, educate yourself and proceed with caution. Traditional spine surgery has its risks, but what surgical procedure doesn't? ...Read more

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Repeat c-sections- are they safe as vbac?

Repeat c-sections- are they safe as vbac?

Much, much safer!: A second repeat prelabor cesarean section is 13 times less likely to result in fetal death as compared to attempted vbac! third and fourth (fifth etc) repeat prelabor cesarean sections are exponentially more dangerous for the mother but always safer for the baby when compared to attempted vbac. Only attempt vbac if your md agrees and you want >2 more pregnancies if you accept 1/200 risk of rupture. ...Read more