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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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Can I get a tattoo to cover my defibrillator?

Can I get a tattoo to cover my defibrillator?

No: I'm not an electrical engineer, but I think it's a bad idea. If you insist, you may receive an inappropriate shock from your device. Even worse, it may be reprogrammed, so be sure to have it fully interrogated immediately afterward if you proceed to assure that you're fully protected. I'm in my 60s too so as one older man to another, consider discussing your self-image concerns with a counselor. ...Read more

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How are defibrillators used in the body?

ICD: Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs. If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives. ...Read more

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What is a defibrillator?

Multiple types: External defibrillators are used on an emergency basis to convert life threatening rapid ventricular arrhythmias. These are also available in a wearable form called a life vest. There are also implantable defibrillators inserted in survivors of sudden death or those at risk of sudden death. ...Read more

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Who needs a defibrillator?

See below: Reasons: 1) weak heart pumping function (ejection fraction less than or = to 35%). 2) dangerous fast heart rhythms, with or without passing out. 3) arvd (abnormality of right side of heart) and symptoms of passing out or dangerous heart rhythm. 4) severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, with or without passing out. 5) long qt syndrome or brugada syndrome with history of dangerous rhythm in family. ...Read more

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Can I order a defibrillator?

AED: You can order an automatic external defibrillator (AED) similar to those in airports, malls, gyms, etc. ...Read more

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Why would a defibrillator not work?

Debirillator: A defibrillator is an electric device and subject to all the failure modes of any electric device. Assuming the device has a good power source and all components are working and it delivers the shock appropriately, there is no guarantee the heart will respond. If the cardiac status is too far gone electrophysiologically the rhythm won't convert. ...Read more

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How did the defibrillator get named?

How did the defibrillator get named?

What it does: A defibrillator provides an electrical current that is measured in joules (a measure of electrical energy). This electrical energy is used to "shock" the heart back into a normal rhythm from a terminal rhythm such as ventricular fibrillation. Thus the mechanism by which the device accomplished this is to "de" fibrillate a heart; hence defibrillator. ...Read more

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Would a tazer work as a defibrillator?

No, but…: A taser cannot function as a defibrillator (the energies it utilizes are too low). It is a point of great medical and legal contention whether electronic control devices can in fact cause fibrillation, and the company taser has taken numerous legal actions in an effort to maintain medicolegal consensus that they cannot. I'll leave the matter at that. ...Read more

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What are the different parts of a defibrillator?

What are the different parts of a defibrillator?

3 main parts: Generally speaking: 1) the lead that sits in the heart to detect electrical signals from heart muscle, and to conduct electrical shocks from the device (if needed); 2) the small unit in the chest wall containing the computer which interprets the incoming electrical signals from the heart (via the lead) and gives pre-programmed therapies; 3) the battery that the computer runs on (also in this unit). ...Read more

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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