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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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Can I get a tattoo to cover my defibrillator?

Can I get a tattoo to cover my defibrillator?

No: I'm not an electrical engineer, but I think it's a bad idea. If you insist, you may receive an inappropriate shock from your device. Even worse, it may be reprogrammed, so be sure to have it fully interrogated immediately afterward if you proceed to assure that you're fully protected. I'm in my 60s too so as one older man to another, consider discussing your self-image concerns with a counselor. ...Read more

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I know someone that has a pacemaker / defibrillator, and i was wondering if they got shocked would it stop it from working? What will happen if they do get shocked?

I know someone that has a pacemaker / defibrillator, and i was wondering if they got shocked would it stop it from working? What will happen if they do get shocked?

The : The device will continue to work unless there have been so many shocks which may drain the battery. The battery level can be detected by a simple noninvasive test. ...Read more

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Could you tell me is it safe if my husband has a pacemaker defibrillator can he get close to invisible fencing?

Invisible fencing: I have seen no literature on this type of device interfering with pacer/icd function. I doubt it would be a problem but it shouldn't be a problem staying away from the proximity to such devices to be safe. ...Read more

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How did the defibrillator get named?

How did the defibrillator get named?

What it does: A defibrillator provides an electrical current that is measured in joules (a measure of electrical energy). This electrical energy is used to "shock" the heart back into a normal rhythm from a terminal rhythm such as ventricular fibrillation. Thus the mechanism by which the device accomplished this is to "de" fibrillate a heart; hence defibrillator. ...Read more

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If icd and defibrillator can get infected, why put it in the first place? Is it really necessary for some people?

Yes: Any surgical incision can get infected. If your doctor recommends this procedure it is most likely necessary. The benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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When i get my pacemaker/defibrillator changed. Am i supposed to be awake? The nurse said i won't feel anything but will be able to answer questions.

When i get my pacemaker/defibrillator changed. Am i supposed to be awake? The nurse said i won't feel anything but will be able to answer questions.

Sleepy: You'll be given medications that will make you drowsy and take away nervousness (such as versed and fentanyl) but you will be awake enough to answer questions. The pacemaker site will be numbed with local anesthetic so all you might feel after the numbing is a bit of tugging but it shouldn't hurt. If it does you'll be awake enough to tell the nurses who will give you more medications. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast implants if someone has had a defibrillator implanted?

Is it possible to get breast implants if someone has had a defibrillator implanted?

Yes: It is perfectly fine to get breast implants if you have an implantable defibrillator. You simply need to have the defibrillator turned off during the surgery so that the cautery does not interfere with it. This can usually be done very quickly prior to the surgery; the device is then turned back on once the surgery is complete. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can i get breast implants if I have a defibrillator?

Consult your doctor: You should consult your cardiologist as well as your plastic surgeon, in order to help make your decision. ...Read more

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If someone's heart stops due to damage from a virus attacking the heart, or like lupus can a defibrillator get the heart started again ?

If someone's heart stops due to damage from a virus attacking the heart, or like lupus can a defibrillator get the heart started again ?

Depends on "stop": There is a misunderstanding about when a defibrillator works. Defibrillators work when there is erratic electrical activity in the heart (ventricular arrhythmia). The shock delivered actually stops the heart, then intrinsic electrical activity in the heart restarts it. If the heart is stopped already, the shock doesn't help. Having said that, regardless of cause, they work in the right situation. ...Read more

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If someone's heart stops suddenly from a severe infection such as sepsis, would a defibrillator get the heart working again? Or no, because of the bacteria

See below: Defibrillating may get the heart working again for a brief period of time, like we do in resuscitation, but the heart will fail again shortly because of the profound metabolic disturbances that made it stop in the first place, and those cannot be corrected quickly. A defibrillator as in the device, is not helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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Can I get radiation therapy even though I have a cardiac defibrillator?

Can I get radiation therapy even though I have a cardiac defibrillator?

Depends which organ: The distance between defibrlllator and the organ being treated is the key. Usually 5 centimeter or more is safe, closer than that the defibrillator needs to be moved. Usually you don't want it in direct field of radiation. ...Read more

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What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

What patients should get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (icd) for heart failure?

New Guidelines: This is somewhat complex and will not all fit in 400 characters so I am creating initials. 1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, i.C., with ejection fraction, ef, >30% but <35%, newyork heartassoc, nyha, class ii or iii, and >30 days post mi/revascularization. 2. Ic, ef <30%. 3. Ic, ef between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, 4. Non-ic with ef <35% and nyha class ii or greater. ...Read more

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How can someone die with a defibrillator?

Heart failure: Defibrillators are typically placed in patient's with poor cardiac function. Although the defibrillator does protect them from lethal arrhythmias, it does not protect him from worsening heart function. Patients with defibrillators can die from end-stage heart failure or from a completely noncardiac illness. ...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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Can getting hit with a tazer kill someone with an implantable defibrillator?

Tazers: There have been recent reports of tazers causing cardiac arrest in patients without aicd's. I suppose it would be possible for a tazer to "trick" and aicd into "thinking" that the patient had an actual arrhythmia and deliver what we would term an "inappropriate shock". I am not aware of any such reports however. ...Read more

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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