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Will someone live forever if he has a internal defibrillator now?

Will someone live forever if he has a internal defibrillator now?

No.: Icds may help prevent cardiac arrest, but do not prevent the heart from failing due to heart attack, or progressive muscle weakening. Other non-heart conditions can still be fatal, even with an icd. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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


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How does an internal defibrillator function?

Monitor: It monitor abnormally rapid atrial and ventricular rate with certain parameter and it will deliver a shock if it detects rapid ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. ...Read more

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What number of type of defibrillator actually in medical used now?

What number of type of defibrillator actually in medical used now?

Defibrillators: We have implantable defibrillators which are combination pacemakers and defibrillators. Within this group are subtypes. There are three types of external defibrillator. One is a vest worn on the outside that functions like the internal; this isn't for long term use. Then there is the AED automatic external defibrillator for lay people to use and the external defibrillators for medical staff. ...Read more

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Can an implanted internal defibrillator shock an unborn baby?

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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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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Will an internal defibrillator keep on shocking the heart when the patient dies?

Will an internal defibrillator keep on shocking the heart when the patient dies?

No: Most defibrillators will stop after 10-15 shocks. Also, death occurs from asystole so a defibrillator would eventually sense that and try to pace but not shock. ...Read more

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Could an internal defibrillator increase the ejection fraction of the heart?

Could an internal defibrillator increase the ejection fraction of the heart?

ICD: An ICD which works only in the right ventricle doesn't do anything positive for EF. A biventricular pacing defibrillator's biV pacing component can cause small increases in EF when pacing as a BiV pacer in a patient whose native QRS duration is over 0.12 sec. ...Read more

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Recently had arithmia and now has defibrillator. Just got prescription for 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem) (quantity 60). Worried she made take all at one time.

Recently had arithmia and now has defibrillator. Just got prescription for 10 mg Ambien (zolpidem) (quantity 60). Worried she made take all at one time.

Different issues: Ambien (zolpidem) is now recommended at 5 mg only due to a variety of side effects observed postmarketing. If there is any suspicion for voluntary or involuntary overdose please let her prescriber know. ...Read more

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Internal defibrillator implanted for VT with no structural heart disease, (idiopathic). Only 20 years old. Is longevity affected by this?

Internal defibrillator implanted for VT with no structural heart disease, (idiopathic). Only 20 years old. Is longevity affected by this?

Ventricular Tachy: You need to discuss this with your cardiologist. Generally VT without structural or functional heart disease is low risk for shortening longevity. Without knowing more about you, it isn't possible to give you reassurance from out here. ...Read more