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What is an ectopic pacemaker?

What is an ectopic pacemaker?

Abnormal origin: The normal pacemaker for the heart is the sinus node which is located in the upper part of the right atrium. When another site in the heart initiates the heart beat it is referred to as an ectopic pacemaker. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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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 is an arrhythmia?

What is an arrhythmia?

Irregular heart beat.: An arrhythmia is an irregularity of heart rhythm. There are many forms of arrhythmias, some arising from the upper chambers of the heart (atria) and some from the lower chambers (ventricles). In general, most of the atrial arrhythmias are benign and most of the ventricular arrhythmias are problematic. Your cardiologist usually treats the arrhythmias or may refer you to an electrophysiologist. ...Read more

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What is a pacemaker?

Heart device.: A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the chest to permanently regulate heartbeat rhythms. The pacemaker monitors the heartbeat to make sure it is not beating too slowly, and when necessary transmits electric pulses to the heart to increase the heartbeat pace. Pacemakers are periodically replaced every several years when the battery runs out. ...Read more

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What is an ablation?

What is an ablation?

Uterus ablation: A uterus (lining) 'ablation' means removal/destruction of the cells that line the uterus thus stopping or lightening your (heavy) periods. A common procedure is called: novasure , which is a one-time, 5-minute procedure. Success rates are up to 90%. See more info on novasure.Com. ...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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What is an artificial disc made of?

Mostly metal: The are several different materials but usually it is a combination of metal and plastic. ...Read more

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What is a biventricular pacemaker?

CRT: Also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, this device has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. ...Read more

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What is an onlay?

What is an onlay?

Conservative crown : Onlay is a conservative alternative to crown. Tooth cusps are preserved by "cusping" but tooth is not cut down so much like crown. If done properly, onlay is the best option to restore a weakened tooth. Onlays can be done from gold but also tooth color materials. Consult the dentist what would be the best option for you. ...Read more

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What is an ekg?

What is an ekg?

Electric heart signa: An ekg is a record of the electric impulses the heart gives off as it beats. Several leads are placed on the chest wall to measure the inpuses from different directions and from different parts of the heart. It is an easy and inexpensive way to look at heart activity and diagnose problems such as arrhythmias, heart attacks and conduction disorders. It is also used for routine health screening. ...Read more

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What is an electronic infusion device?

What is an electronic infusion device?

IV pump.: Here's what the free online medical dictionary says: "an automated system of introducing a fluid other than blood into a vein. The device may have programmable settings that control the amount of fluid to be infused, rate, low-volume notification level, and a keep-vein-open rate..." see the rest here: http://tinyurl.com/y92zo5od ...Read more

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What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Life saver: An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) system has leads (wires) that are inserted through the veins under the collarbone and threaded to the heart. The leads are attached to a box that goes under the skin. The box has a computer that continuously monitors the signals from your heart for a dangerous arrhythmia. If this occurs, the icd stops the arrhythmia by delivering an internal shock. ...Read more

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What is an artificial joint made from?

What is an artificial joint made from?

Artificial joints: Typically they are made from surgical steel and a special plastic but sometimes parts are also made of ceramic. ...Read more

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What happens during surgery of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

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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What is an mvt transplant?

What is an mvt transplant?

MVT transplant: An mvt or multivisceraltransplant is a term used for transplantation of multiple organs at the same time like liver, pancreas, and intestines. In some children with various congenital or catastrophic illnesses developing after birth, there is a need for replacement of some of these organs and many times separating them is more difficult than replacing them together. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for pacemaker replacement?

What is the procedure for pacemaker replacement?

Generator change: Typically an outpatient procedure involving a small incision to access the old device, unplugging the leads and placing a new pacemaker generator into the pocket once the leads are attached and closing the incision. Less involved typically than the original placement. ...Read more

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Is left ventricular assist device considered an artificial heart?

Is left ventricular assist device considered an artificial heart?

Yes: Lvads support the left ventricle which is one side of the heart, the left side, that pumps blood to the aorta. The right side pumps blood to the lungs. An artificial heart has both lvad and rvad. Both sides. ...Read more

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What is an implanted egg?

What is an implanted egg?

Pregnancy: It is either an egg which has been fertilized by meeting a sperm and then embedding itself in the wall of the uterus, or an egg which has been harvested, artificially fertilized and then implanted back into the uterus. ...Read more

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What is the function of an cardioversion?

What is the function of an cardioversion?

Restore: Restore regular heart rate and rhythm and to restore synchrony of the heart. ...Read more

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How does the artificial pacemaker work?

How does the artificial pacemaker work?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead(s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more