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Would paramedics attach a defibrillator pads on someone found asystolic?

Would paramedics attach a defibrillator pads on someone found asystolic?

Likely yes: The pads can help determine the heart rhythm, functioning as diagnostic leads on most machines, so are quicker than waiting to get the 3 or 5 regular leads on. Pads are commonly applied to persons with unstable heart rhythms / palpitations / some with chest pains / unresponsive patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


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Can I play laser tag with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Can I play laser tag with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Yes: There would be no interference with your device from a laser. Also it's good exercise! talk to your doctor to be sure it's ok to get your heart rate up and to help you avoid inappropriate shocks by confirming your device programming. ...Read more

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What patients need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Ventricular Arrhythm: Patients that have dangerous arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation are the usual candidates for an implanted cardio-verter defibrillator or icd. ...Read more

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Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator removed in heart bypass surgery?

Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator removed in heart bypass surgery?

No: The defib. Device is implatnted in the inner chambers of the heart and bypass is on the out side of the heart where the coronary arteries lie.Unless theres another reason to remove the device ie an infection the device is left in. ...Read more

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I can't decide: implantable cardioverter defibrillator or heart bypass surgery?

I can't decide: implantable cardioverter defibrillator or heart bypass surgery?

Different things: Bypass surgery (CABG) treats the blockages in the heart vessels, while the defibrillator (icd) treats dangerous heart beats such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. A person may need both, depending on their medical condition. ...Read more

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Is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator usually efficient?

Yes: Implanted cardioverter defibrillators (icds) are the most effective treatment in terminating dangerous arrhythmias. Icds are not 100% effective, but are significantly better than medication alone. ...Read more

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Are automated external defibrillators always 100 percent efficient?

Are automated external defibrillators always 100 percent efficient?

Nothing is perfect: Nothing is perfect, and these devices are certainly not. It is amazing that usually, if the situation calls for defibrillation they correctly deliver the shock, and usually do not shock inappropriately. Unfortunately, due to the patient's disease status, defibrillation will not always succeed. ...Read more

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Do defibrillators work in asystole?

Do defibrillators work in asystole?

No: Defibrillators work to disrupt an irregular, rapid, pathological heart beat. They don't "jump start" a heart that is not beating. ...Read more

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Where should the AED pads be placed?

Where should the AED pads be placed?

AED pads: "Place one pad on the right center of the person's chest above the nipple. Place the other pad slightly below the other nipple and to the left of the ribcage." (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/aed/howtouse) ...Read more

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What is the healthiest form of menstrual protection, tampons, menstrual cups, disposable pads, or reusable pads?

What is the healthiest form of menstrual protection, tampons, menstrual cups, disposable pads, or reusable pads?

Menstrual: In my opinion, disposable pads are the safest option but the others certainly can be safe if strict hygiene measures are followed (i.e. changing frequently). ...Read more

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What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Life saver: An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) system has leads (wires) that are inserted through the veins under the collarbone and threaded to the heart. The leads are attached to a box that goes under the skin. The box has a computer that continuously monitors the signals from your heart for a dangerous arrhythmia. If this occurs, the icd stops the arrhythmia by delivering an internal shock. ...Read more

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When is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat patients with arrhythmias?

When is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat patients with arrhythmias?

Sudden cardiac death: Icd's are utilized in patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac death or ventricular arrhythmias. These can be patients who already have significant structural heart disease or may have already suffered a sudden death episode. Also they are utilized in patient's who have certain familial conditions which may predispose them to sudden death. ...Read more

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How does icd or defibrillator extraction work?

How does icd or defibrillator extraction work?

Surgery: An icd (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a device implanted under the skin and connects to leads inserted in veins to the heart or occasionally placed surgically directly on the surface of the heart. The icd can be changed out under local anesthesia as an outpatient as long as the leads are functional. Lead change out is done by laser or mechanical extraction under deep anesthesia. ...Read more

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How does an implantable cardioverter defibrillator function?

How does an implantable cardioverter defibrillator function?

Detection: It detects fast heart beats above a threshold set by the cardiologist and programmed into the defibrillator and delivers a shock or atp - pacemaker override, depending on the heart rate. It will deliver subsequent shocks depending on the heart rate it detects. ...Read more

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Do defibrillators work?

Oh yes: Defibrillators are extraordinarily effective devices for the treatment of what would otherwise be fatal lower chamber heart rhythms. That said, they must be used in an extremely timely fashion or their benefits will not prevent irreversible damage from the lack of blood flow seen in these dangerous rhythms. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers and defibrillators work?

How do pacemakers and defibrillators work?

Heart Rhythm: Pacemakers control the rate of the heart's beat. Defibrillators deliver shock(s) to try to return the heart to a normal rhythm. ...Read more

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What things interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

What things interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

Not much: Common household appliances and cellular phones are generally safe to use near an implantable defibrillator. It is best to avoid sources of significant electric current. For example, you should keep your icd 2 feet from an arc welder. You should not lean over your car engine while it is running. It is best to also keep large magnets off your device as well since this can affect its performance. ...Read more

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