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How can someone die with a defibrillator?

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 Pack
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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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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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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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Can someone fly who has a defibrillator?

ID: They should always carry a card in their wallet identifying the device and the name of their cardiologist in case there are issues with security. ...Read more

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Will someone live forever if he has a internal defibrillator now?

Will someone live forever if he has a internal defibrillator now?

No.: Icds may help prevent cardiac arrest, but do not prevent the heart from failing due to heart attack, or progressive muscle weakening. Other non-heart conditions can still be fatal, even with an icd. ...Read more

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How does cold water affect someone with a defibrillator?

Cold water: Are you asking about drinking cold water or being immersed in it? If immersion, how cold are you talking about? What's the patients history who has the ICD? Just not a simple question with the little information. ...Read more

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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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What could cause someone with a defibrillator to have incessant coughing spasms?

It Varies: Sometimes the leads for the defibrillators may be positioned near the phrenic nerve - this would cause a hiccup-type sensation when the device paced. ...Read more