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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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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 getting hit with a tazer kill someone with an implantable defibrillator?

Tazers: There have been recent reports of tazers causing cardiac arrest in patients without aicd's. I suppose it would be possible for a tazer to "trick" and aicd into "thinking" that the patient had an actual arrhythmia and deliver what we would term an "inappropriate shock". I am not aware of any such reports however. ...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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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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If you have an implanted (internal) defibrillator, can you ever turn it off?

Yes: It is rarely done in people who are using the defibrillator to help live active lives. However, at the end of life, especially in hospice patients it is very common to have the defibrillator turned off. We often have this done in hospice patients close to death to prevent the devices from delivering shocks at the time of death or after. It sounds kind of grusome, but in reality it is not. ...Read more

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Can an implanted internal defibrillator shock an unborn baby?

Defibrillator: Most of the energy of the defibrillator goes from the device across your heart to change the heart's rhythm. Some of the energy may diffuse to other tissues in your body including the baby. ...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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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