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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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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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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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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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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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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I read that there can be complications with an implanted defibrillator such as infections, is it true and what kind?

ICD: Infections related to implanted defibrillator usually are related to the implantation procedure. If the device has been in place for a while with no problem, then seeding of the pocket or lead sites from another infection is possible. These infections are uncommon but serious. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is implanted cardiac defibrillator?

Could you explain what is implanted cardiac defibrillator?

Defibrillators: The device has an antenna that monitors the electrical activity of the heart. If the recorded parameters fit those of ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, the device will charge its capacitor and deliver programmed shocks to try and return the rhythm to normal. It is a computer and programmed to do its functions. They are very effective but not perfect. ...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?

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 a person with a heart defibrillator implanted live shorter life?

Could a person with a heart defibrillator implanted live shorter life?

AICD: Most people with an AICD implanted have serious underlying heart disease and are at risk for living a shorter life than if they were normal. ...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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How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

How does bystander lightning (not a direct strike) affect implanted pacemakers, defibrillators, vagus nerve stimulators, etc...?

Usually no effect.: The lightning strike (even as a bystander - it travels through the soil & can pop up at distances far from the original strike) can have deleterious effects on your heart (causing arrhythmia) or brain (causing unconsciousness) but these are just as likely with or without an implanted device. All electronic implants have a floating ground, which means they cannot short out because of an external ch ...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

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All cardiac tests were normal except for a high normal pulse. I personally think an implanted defibrillator is a great idea. Md didn't say. Why not?

All cardiac tests were normal except for a high normal pulse. I personally think an implanted defibrillator is a great idea. Md didn't say. Why not?

Why?: Unless I am missing something else, a high normal heart rate is not an indication for defibrillator implantation. This, as any other procedure, is associated with certain risks. There are indications for implantation of such devices that would justify the risk; i.e. Benefits should outweigh the risks. ...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