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Doctor insights on: Does Getting Hit With A Tazer Hurt Someone With An Implantable Defibrillator

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Does getting hit with a tazer hurt someone with an implantable defibrillator?

Does getting hit with a tazer hurt someone with an implantable defibrillator?

No: There is a theoretic risk, but it is small. The device produces a strong current for only a few seconds. The current is not sufficient to damage the icd directly. It could cause the icd to falsely detect an arrhythmia, but not one of sufficient duration to have the icd respond. Reports in humans and experimental testing in animals have not shown significant adverse effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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 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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Implantable defibrillator, is it forever?

Depends : The life of the device is several years. Depending on the reason it was placed and condition of the patient at the end of device life, in some individuals the device may not be exchanged. In most though, the device will remain in place and will be exchanged once battery reaches end of its life. ...Read more

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What are the primary indicators for implantable defibrillator?

AICD: The primary indications for an aicd are a left ventricular ejection fraction (lvef) of <35% from any cause, for ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation (vt/vf) >6 weeks after heart attack, lvef < 30% with life expectancy > 1 year, patients in whom medical therapy doesn't suppress vt/vf, or cardiac arrest or sustained VT with defibrillation. ...Read more

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Have sarcoidosis & restrictive cardiomyopathy found biopsy of heart recently developed arrhythmias, does this mean I may need implantable defibrillator? (Also recent dx bronchitis sinus infection too on antibiotics cough med..

Have sarcoidosis & restrictive cardiomyopathy found biopsy of heart recently developed arrhythmias, does this mean I may need implantable defibrillator? (Also recent dx bronchitis sinus infection too on antibiotics cough med..

Defibrillator: Indications for Defibrillator include: Cardiac arrest for V-tach or V-fib, Documented episodes of sustained V-tach or V-fib with hemodynamic instability, Ventricular arrythmias not responding to medications, Recurrent passing out do to arrythmias. ...Read more

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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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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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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