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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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Dr. Liviu Klein
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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (Definition)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or icd, is a small device that can automatically detect abnormally fast heart rhythms and stop them with a rapid pulse of paced beats or a shock. It monitors the heart rate and delivers the treatment through special wires, or leads, that may be attached to the inside or outside of the heart or placed under the skin. Most icds ...Read more


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What is the function of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

What is the function of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Terminate arrhythmia: These are devices which may detect and automatically treat malignant (life-threatening) arrhythmias. Those include ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. They use either bursts of rapid pacing or one or more high energy shocks. Patients receive these either after an arrhythmic event or prophylactically because they are at risk for these arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Are there alternatives to an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Usually not: The indications for icd placement indicate it should not be performed if there is are reversible causes. In all of the trials comparing icd therapy to alternatives in the absence of a reversible cause, the outcome with icd was much better. ...Read more

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What can I expect from using an 'implantable cardioverter defibrillator'?

Palpitations, jolt: If your heart has a serious rhythm problem, the device should intercede to correct it. When that happens, you may feel palpitations or a jolt in your chest. If the defibrillator didn't intervene, you might never feel anything again! ...Read more

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How did the earlier versions of the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator function?

I Agree, and...: I agree with dr. Hahn's answer and would add that the earlier devices used an electrical pulse which is inferior to the one currently used. The result was that more energy was required for a successful shock and more patients could not be successfully shocked out of a dangerous rhythm on the first attempt. The earlier devices also had no ability to tell safe from dangerous rhythms. ...Read more

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What happens during surgery of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Sedation: The patient is sedated or anesthetized. Incision is made. Venous access is done. Needle, introducers, and wires are passed to proper position with fluoroscopic - xray control and tested electronically. Then a device nice - the aicd is attached. The wound is closed. ...Read more

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Why would the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator not start a pacemaker when the pacemaker shut off?

Why would the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator not start a pacemaker when the pacemaker shut off?

???: I think there may be some confusion. An implanted cardio-verter defibrillator delivers a shock when certain rhythms are detected per the parameters or threshholds set by the cardiologist. The pacemaker paces the heart - the pacemaker would only 'shut off' if it was end of life, i.e. Expired battery. The icd is a pacemaker and a defibrillator and they serve two functions, both tied to heart rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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