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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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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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What can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

What  can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

Pacemakers: Strong magnetic fields such as those used in security metal detectors and magnetic fields produced by large electric motors can interfere with pacemaker and defibrillator function. They may not necessarily turn a device "off" but can interfere with its programming. With only rare exceptions, patients with these devices need to avoid MRI scanners. Patients with these devices can have ct scans. ...Read more

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What can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

What can interfere with pacemakers and implantable defibrillators?

Pacemakers: Strong magnetic fields such as those used in security metal detectors and magnetic fields produced by large electric motors can interfere with pacemaker and defibrillator function. They may not necessarily turn a device "off" but can interfere with its programming. With only rare exceptions, patients with these devices need to avoid MRI scanners. Patients with these devices can have ct scans. ...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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Is riddex dangerous for persons that have pacemakers?

No: Should not be, I am not sure how riddex works (and as an aside, judging by its reviews, it apparently doesn't!), but it does not generate a magnetic field and unless it does that, it does not interfere with the workings of a permanent pacemaker. ...Read more

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What is the loading oral dose cordarone (amiodarone) In old patient with atrial fibrillation returned to sinus rhythm and how to reduce its side effect?

What is the loading oral dose cordarone (amiodarone)  
In old patient with atrial fibrillation returned to sinus rhythm and how to reduce its side effect?

Amiodarone: There are a number of schemes to load but to obtain levels one uses 800 mg for 5 day, 600 mg for 5 days, and 400 mg maintenance for 3-6 months and then attempt to lower dose to 200 mg daily. Side effects are followed by monitoring thyroid , chest X-ray and liver function as well as sun screen ...Read more

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How are batteries chosen to be put in pacemakers?

How are batteries chosen to be put in pacemakers?

Manufacture specific: The companies that manufacture pacemakers design their own batteries to optimize the longevity of the device. The batteries are not replaced when depleted; the entire pacemaker is replaced. ...Read more

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I am 87 and in extremely good health, take no medications. have 2 leaky heart valves, left side. Heart pounding sound at night. Is Mitra clip for me ?

I am 87 and in extremely good health, take no medications. have 2 leaky heart valves, left side. Heart pounding sound at night. Is Mitra clip for me ?

Maybe.: At your age treatment should be based upon improving quality of life. If you feel great and have no functional limitations doing surgery to "improve" your condition sounds like a tough sell. "No surgery" is always an option. ...Read more

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Why isn't tvar heart valve replacement offered to all heart patients?

Why isn't tvar heart valve replacement offered to all heart patients?

Due to risk: Of not tolerating the procedure (dying on the operating table) is the most common reason. Other reasons could be related to other comorbidities including kidney disease or underlying severe respiratory problems, ...Read more

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What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

What should dialysis and heart patients use for cough?

Depends : Depends on the cause of cough which would be best evaluated by a physician. For cough suppression, combination of Guaifenesin and dextrometorphan or Codeine may be used. ...Read more

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Pat. With prosthetic heart valve on warfarin and developed ich. When and whow we return anticoagulant?

Pat.  With prosthetic heart valve on warfarin  and developed ich. When and whow we return anticoagulant?

The risk of : Hemorrhage complications in the above setting is 1% per year. If ich occur the anticiagulation have to be reverse and most probably the clot evacuated. When to restart is controversial depending on the prosthetic valve(mitral vs aortic), atrial fibrillation, enlarge atrial chamber and systolic ventricular dysfunction. Each case is different but up to 14 days may be safe. Neuro and cardiac follow. ...Read more

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A patient with an artificial mitral valve and pacemaker leaving the hospital after 82 days, should they received life time treatment t of ampicillin?

A patient with an artificial mitral valve and pacemaker leaving the hospital after 82 days, should they received life time treatment t of ampicillin?

No: Long term prophylactic Ampicillin is not needed, but needs to get prophylaxis before specific procedures such as dental work or cystoscopey. ...Read more

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Is having dysaotonomia and heart reacting super sensitive dangerous? Like too much adrenaline all the time to heart ? Heart reacts if i move my arm!

Is having dysaotonomia and heart reacting super sensitive dangerous? Like too much adrenaline all the time to heart ? Heart reacts if i move my arm!

Do not get entangled: With health and body issues unless you are a doctor. Human physiology is well defined and it interacts with all body functions and human diseases. It takes about 5-10 years of reading and learning full time, in order to know all these interactions. So forget about dysautonomia(? It does not exist in any well defined form). Our heart is designed to respond to our body's needs which change every mom. ...Read more

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Im on 115mg methadone daily,injected 100mg morphine IV, can histamines flood head stay there and cause heart failure?

Im on 115mg methadone daily,injected 100mg morphine IV, can histamines flood head stay there and cause heart failure?

Talk to your doctor : Methadone is a drug that demands respect. It's metabolism can be unpredictable and tricky especially when combined with other medication. Please discuss this with your methadone doctor. The majority of deaths associated with methadone involves its use in combination with other drugs. Please be careful and don't take medication unless discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Fat burning gel and skin firmers are they safe for me with cardiomyopathy and my meds ?

Fat burning gel and skin firmers are they safe for me with cardiomyopathy and my meds ?

Please don't: Frankly speaking, topical products will only steal money from your pocketbook. And, i promise, not lead to any fat loss or weight loss. This is a sham. ...Read more

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How are cardioversion and defibrillation different?

How are cardioversion and defibrillation different?

Cardioversion: We use electrical cardioversion to convert tachyarrhythmias to normal rhythm when appropriate. When the rhythm we are shocking is atrial or ventricular fibrillation, we call the cardioversion defibrillation. ...Read more