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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. Marvin Ott
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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 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

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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