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Will An Internal Defibrillator Keep On Shocking The Heart When The Patient Dies
Shock is a condition in which a person cannot circulate enough blood (carrying oxygen & nutrients) to the vital organs in the body. If shock persists, various parts of the body will stop working, and the person will die. Causes of shock include injuries, excessive bleeding, heart failure, infections, chemical imbalances, ...Read more
Do patients with cardiac defibrillators physically feel the shock? Or is it just like normal heart electricity where you feel nothing at all?
ICD: When an ICD discharges the patient feels the jolt. It is not a sensation most of the patients enjoy other than knowing it likely saved their life. ...Read more
Fibrillation : Some patients who suffer a heart attack develop deadly heart rhythms called ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. The heart does not contract properly under these conditions and without external defibrillation to shock the heart back into normal the patient would die. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If i'm a heart patient (with pacemaker/defibrillator), diabetic, can I take a natural thyroid supplement for my hypothyroidism?
No to "natural": If you are hypothyroid, you should take levothyroxine. So called "natural" thyroid is from slaughterhouse bovine thyroid, and contains a mixture of different thyroid hormones. The dose is not consistent, and it is harder for your doctor to follow and monitor. The consequences of hypo- or hyperthyroidism (from the pill) are much worse if you are diabetic and have heart problems. ...Read more
I am a heart patient. I had the "widow maker" 15 years ago. Since that time I have a pacemaker/defibrillator installed. I'm 64 years old. I take, as far as vitamins and supplements, fish oil twice daily, B Complex, Vitamin C and also a potassium pill
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New Guidelines: This is somewhat complex and will not all fit in 400 characters so I am creating initials. 1. Ischemic cardiomyopathy, i.C., with ejection fraction, ef, >30% but <35%, newyork heartassoc, nyha, class ii or iii, and >30 days post mi/revascularization. 2. Ic, ef <30%. 3. Ic, ef between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, 4. Non-ic with ef <35% and nyha class ii or greater. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What benefit does the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator give to patients who have had a cardiac arrest or heart attack?
It may prevent death: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (icds) are used to treat ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, which if untreated, may cause a fatal cardiac arrest. Icds can often quickly treat these conditions before permanent brain or heart damage can be done. Icds are not used to treat or prevent heart attacks, which are a "plumbing" issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer