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What does defibrillator implant do in the body?

What does defibrillator implant do in the body?

See below: An implanted cardiac defibrillator is a pacemaker and a defibrillator. The defibrillator is needed for certain conditions that would lead to a dangerous arrythmias - heart rhythms - that could cause death. When such a rhythm is detected, within the program set by the cardiologist - the defibrillator will deliver shock(s) to the heart. ...Read more

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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


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Can an implanted defibrillator be taken out of the body?

Can an implanted defibrillator be taken out of the body?

Yes: Yes, and the generator is usually replaced in anticipation of the end of battery life. There are risks. That is only the generator and not the leads. Lead removal has separate and distinct risks. ...Read more

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Can i get breast implants if I have a defibrillator?

Consult your doctor: You should consult your cardiologist as well as your plastic surgeon, in order to help make your decision. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get breast implants if someone has had a defibrillator implanted?

Is it possible to get breast implants if someone has had a defibrillator implanted?

Yes: It is perfectly fine to get breast implants if you have an implantable defibrillator. You simply need to have the defibrillator turned off during the surgery so that the cautery does not interfere with it. This can usually be done very quickly prior to the surgery; the device is then turned back on once the surgery is complete. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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How can a doctor implant an automatic defibrillator in a heart?

How can a doctor implant an automatic defibrillator in a heart?

ICD: for ICD and pacemakers the leads which actually contact the heart are put in through the veins. The actual battery and pulse/shock generator are put in subcutaneously by surgical incision. ...Read more

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Do people use a defibrillator on a woman with breast implants?

Do people use a defibrillator on a woman with breast implants?

Yes: Defibrillation is a life saving maneuver, and if necessary, breast implants should not stop you. Breast implants do not conduct electricity, and should not cause any problems. Tissue expander with internal ports do have metal in them, but the metal is insulated inside the implant, and not likely to interfere. Even if a burn occurs, better to live with a burn. ...Read more

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Can dsomeone at the gym use a defibrillator on a woman with breast implants?

Yes: Done properly with an AED device, implants will not impede the ability to deliver defibrillation treatment. ...Read more

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Could an implanted defibrillator develop infections?

Could an implanted defibrillator develop infections?

Absolutely: This is one of the risks of this type of device and infections can be nasty. ...Read more

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Will a taser kill someone who has an implanted defibrillator?

Will a taser kill someone who has an implanted defibrillator?

Maybe not: A taser might damage implanted devices, although some studies done on pigs found the 5-seconds of high voltage did not damage pacemakers or implanted defibrillators. Those devices likely have safety features to block high voltage electrical currents. Not sure if a defribillator could reset the heart if a taser created an abnormal rhythm, but the studies suggest the defribrillator would still work. ...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