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Can an implanted defibrillator be taken out of the body?

Can an implanted defibrillator be taken out of the body?

Yes: Yes, and the generator is usually replaced in anticipation of the end of battery life. There are risks. That is only the generator and not the leads. Lead removal has separate and distinct risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


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What does defibrillator implant do in the body?

What does defibrillator implant do in the body?

See below: An implanted cardiac defibrillator is a pacemaker and a defibrillator. The defibrillator is needed for certain conditions that would lead to a dangerous arrythmias - heart rhythms - that could cause death. When such a rhythm is detected, within the program set by the cardiologist - the defibrillator will deliver shock(s) to the heart. ...Read more

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If you have an implanted (internal) defibrillator, can you ever turn it off?

Yes: It is rarely done in people who are using the defibrillator to help live active lives. However, at the end of life, especially in hospice patients it is very common to have the defibrillator turned off. We often have this done in hospice patients close to death to prevent the devices from delivering shocks at the time of death or after. It sounds kind of grusome, but in reality it is not. ...Read more

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Can an implanted internal defibrillator shock an unborn baby?

Can an implanted internal defibrillator shock an unborn baby?

Defibrillator: Most of the energy of the defibrillator goes from the device across your heart to change the heart's rhythm. Some of the energy may diffuse to other tissues in your body including the baby. ...Read more

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Could an implanted defibrillator develop infections?

Could an implanted defibrillator develop infections?

Absolutely: This is one of the risks of this type of device and infections can be nasty. ...Read more

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Will a taser kill someone who has an implanted defibrillator?

Will a taser kill someone who has an implanted defibrillator?

Maybe not: A taser might damage implanted devices, although some studies done on pigs found the 5-seconds of high voltage did not damage pacemakers or implanted defibrillators. Those devices likely have safety features to block high voltage electrical currents. Not sure if a defribillator could reset the heart if a taser created an abnormal rhythm, but the studies suggest the defribrillator would still work. ...Read more

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I read that there can be complications with an implanted defibrillator such as infections, is it true and what kind?

ICD: Infections related to implanted defibrillator usually are related to the implantation procedure. If the device has been in place for a while with no problem, then seeding of the pocket or lead sites from another infection is possible. These infections are uncommon but serious. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more