What is a defibrillator?

Multiple types. External defibrillators are used on an emergency basis to convert life threatening rapid ventricular arrhythmias. These are also available in a wearable form called a life vest. There are also implantable defibrillators inserted in survivors of sudden death or those at risk of sudden death.
Shock box. The defibrillator is a device with high-voltage circuitry capable of delivering very high-energy pulses to the heart. These pulses reset the heart and are capable of terminating very fast heart rhythms which could otherwise be fatal.
Device for the heart. A defibrillator uses electrical current to reset the rhythm of the heart when it is irregular and too rapid. They are used in cardiac arrest when the rhythm is ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia. They can be used to reset atrial fibrillation either emergently or electively as well. They can be external devices or can even be implanted in the body for patients at risk of arrhythmias.

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What types of defibrillators are there?

Internal & external. Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows. They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock.
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.

What does a defibrillator do for a person?

It treats V Tach/Fib. It trys to convert v tach or v fib with pacing and electric shock in patients who are prone to these fatal rhythms.
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.

What type of defibrillator is a cardioverter-defibrillator?

All of them. All cardiac defibrillators are cardioverter-defibrillators.
Two types. External and internal. External automated external defibrillator (AED) is placed over the skin. Internal under the skin with wire in the heart, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators work by detecting and stopping abnormal heartbeats. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers extra beats or electrical shocks to restore a normal heart rhythm.

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.
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.

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.

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.

What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

Life saver. An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) system has leads (wires) that are inserted through the veins under the collarbone and threaded to the heart. The leads are attached to a box that goes under the skin. The box has a computer that continuously monitors the signals from your heart for a dangerous arrhythmia. If this occurs, the icd stops the arrhythmia by delivering an internal shock.
ICD. Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs. If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives.

What are new automated external defibrillators for children?

A vest and an AED. An AED is a device in public paces to "restart" or shock a heart back into normal rhythm. A vest (i.e. Life vest) is a wearable defibrillator that is used on a temporary basis instead of implanting a permanant defibrillator or icd.
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What will an automated external defibrillator do if the pads where placed on either side of the brain?

AED. In theory nothing should happen given the programming of the device. On the other hand I don't think anyone has actually tried this.....