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Dr. Alon Gitig Dr. Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What types of defibrillators are there?

What types of defibrillators are there?

Internal & external: Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows. They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock. ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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


Dr. Dennis Clifford Dr. Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
39 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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What is a defibrillator?

What is a defibrillator?

Device for the heart: A defibrillator uses electrical current to reset the rhythm of the heart when it is irregular and too rapid. They are used in cardiac arrest when the rhythm is ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia. They can be used to reset atrial fibrillation either emergently or electively as well. They can be external devices or can even be implanted in the body for patients at risk of arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Jost Dr. Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
32 years in practice
University Medical Center of Geneva Faculty of Medicine
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Who needs a defibrillator?

Who needs a defibrillator?

ICD - 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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Dr. Liviu Klein Dr. Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
19 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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Can I order a defibrillator?

AED: You can order an automatic external defibrillator (AED) similar to those in airports, malls, gyms, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Zanger Dr. Zanger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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How does a defibrillator work?

Defibrillator : An external defibrillator can be automatic or manned either way either a computer or the operator can determine the patient is having a lethal arrhythmia and electrical energy is delivered to the chest wall and the rhythm can be terminated. ...Read more

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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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How can you use a defibrillator?

How can you use a defibrillator?

Variety of ways: There are two kinds of defibrillators, internal and external. Internal defibrillators are implanted under the skin similar to a permanent pacemaker. This type of defibrillator works automatically and does not require human intervention. External defibrillators are found in hospitals and in public areas. These are manually applied to the outside of the chest. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How does a defibrillator function?

How does a defibrillator function?

Electrical system: A defibrillator causes all myocardial (heart) cells to become depolarized at the same time. This extinguishes the abnormal arrhythmia, and allows the natural cardiac pacemaker to kick back in. This requires a large electrical current, to make sure all myocardial cells get activated at the same time. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Rubenstein Dr. Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Can I use defibrillator on myself?

Probably not.: Most heart rhythms that would require a defibrillator will probably cause loss of consciousness quickly - so you would be unconscious prior to being able to hook up the defibrillator and set it off. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Would a nurse use a defibrillator?

Would a nurse use a defibrillator?

Defibrillator: Nurses are trained to use a defibrillator in advanced CPR training. Some nurses may be less comfortable than others with using them if they don't generally deal in the area. ...Read more

Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Why would a defibrillator not work?

Debirillator: A defibrillator is an electric device and subject to all the failure modes of any electric device. Assuming the device has a good power source and all components are working and it delivers the shock appropriately, there is no guarantee the heart will respond. If the cardiac status is too far gone electrophysiologically the rhythm won't convert. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajat Jhanjee Dr. Jhanjee
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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How is a defibrillator made to work?

How is a defibrillator made to work?

Defibrillator: Defibrillaor's function is to sense a life sensing rhythm and quickly deliver a life-saving shock. It contains a sensor (consisting of electronic filters/amplifiers). It also contains a 3v battery that is quickly charged upto 750 volts with help of a transformer in matter of 5-15 seconds. A high voltage capacitor stores the charge that is then delivered to the heart to shock the heart. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fenster Dr. Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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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Dr. Alon Gitig Dr. Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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When does someone use a defibrillator?

To stop fibrillation: "fibrillation" is when the heart muscle is not contracting efficiently, but rather twitching weakly at rapid rates. If this involves the bottom chambers of the heart ("ventricles"), it is life threatening as normal cardiac output falls drastically. The rhythm must be normalized quickly to resume normal heart output, and electrical shocks promptly defibrillate, i.e. Stop the abnormal rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajat Jhanjee Dr. Jhanjee
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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How is a defibrillator used in people?

Implantable device: Implantable defibrillators are used in people who most often (not always) have poor heart function and are at risk for sudden cardiac death due to malignant heart rhythms. It's job is to sense the life threatening rhythm and provide necessary shock. ...Read more

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Dr. John Garner Dr. Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
12 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Would a tazer work as a defibrillator?

No, but…: A taser cannot function as a defibrillator (the energies it utilizes are too low). It is a point of great medical and legal contention whether electronic control devices can in fact cause fibrillation, and the company taser has taken numerous legal actions in an effort to maintain medicolegal consensus that they cannot. I'll leave the matter at that. ...Read more

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Dr. Alon Gitig Dr. Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Where can someone find a defibrillator?

Many public place: An external defibrillator can be found in many public places, thanks to recent studies showing that availability of these automated devices can be used by even untrained bystanders to save lives during a cardiac arrest. Airports usually have them displayed on a wall, as do many theaters, concert halls, etc. Restaurants may have one as well but you probably have to ask someone to go get it. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Jost Dr. Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
32 years in practice
University Medical Center of Geneva Faculty of Medicine
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Can someone fly who has a defibrillator?

Can someone fly who has a defibrillator?

Yes.: Yes. If the patient is stable cardiac-wise and has no decompensated CHF or fast arrythmia. ...Read more

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Dr. Francis Uricchio Dr. Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Mark Stern Dr. Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
42 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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What does a defibrillator do for a person?

It treats V Tach/Fib: It trys to convert v tach or v fib with pacing and electric shock in patients who are prone to these fatal rhythms. ...Read more

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa Dr. Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How does an internal defibrillator function?

Monitor: It monitor abnormally rapid atrial and ventricular rate with certain parameter and it will deliver a shock if it detects rapid ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. ...Read more

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