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An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that's placed in your chest or abdomen. This device uses electrical pulses or shocks to help control life-threatening, irregular heartbeats, especially those that could lead the heart to suddenly stop beating (sudden cardiac arrest). If the heart stops beating, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. This usually causes death if it's not treated in minutes.
Reducing the risk of sudden cardiac arrest during sports

Reducing the risk of sudden cardiac arrest during sports

Time and again, the topic of sudden cardiac death grabs the public's attention when football stars or other top athletes collapse from cardiac arrest in front of the live cameras. This important issue has long been a concern of heart specialists, for cardiac arrest often hits young, apparently healthy and athletic people out of the blue. [More]
Advances in fight against TB, sudden cardiac death

Advances in fight against TB, sudden cardiac death

Research projects into two of the biggest killers in worldwide health, tuberculosis and sudden cardiac death, will be the subjects of the University of Leicester Graduate School Doctoral Inaugural Lectures, delivered by two of the winners of this year's PhD prizes in the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Engineering. [More]
Implementing risk management practices necessary in health and fitness centers

Implementing risk management practices necessary in health and fitness centers

Health is high on the agenda in many countries with efforts to get more people exercising in order to reduce the problems associated with obesity, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. [More]
St. Jude Medical gets CE Mark approval for updated labeling of Tendril STS, IsoFlex Optim pacing leads

St. Jude Medical gets CE Mark approval for updated labeling of Tendril STS, IsoFlex Optim pacing leads

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced CE Mark approval of updated labeling for its Tendril STS and IsoFlex Optim pacing leads, allowing existing and future patients with the devices access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. [More]
3D-printed heart model created by Materialise

3D-printed heart model created by Materialise

Materialise (Nasdaq:MTLS), a pioneer in 3D Printing for medical applications, recently created a 3D-printed heart model for doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to support Bradley White’s case, a 16-year-old boy who was born with a tumor. With the aid of Materialise’s HeartPrint® 3D-printed model, his doctors were able to determine the best treatment for Bradley’s erratic heartbeat. [More]
Measuring levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Measuring levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Measuring the levels of sex hormones in patients' blood may identify patients likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, a heart rhythm disorder that is fatal in 95 percent of patients. [More]
BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring reduces mortality in heart failure patients, saves costs

BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring reduces mortality in heart failure patients, saves costs

Experts discussed the benefits of Home Monitoring technology from the perspective of patients, hospitals and payers for the first time at a press conference held by BIOTRONIK at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual congress, ESC Congress 2014. [More]
Extracting Cardiac Leads: An Interview with Barry Norlander from Cook Medical

Extracting Cardiac Leads: An Interview with Barry Norlander from Cook Medical

The pacemaker or ICD unit, which is the implanted box or generator i.e. the electrical component of the device that's implanted in the chest, usually lasts between seven to 10 years before the generator’s battery is depleted. [More]
Remote monitoring of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators: an interview with Dr. Suneet Mittal

Remote monitoring of implanted pacemakers and defibrillators: an interview with Dr. Suneet Mittal

Remote monitoring is the ability to follow patients who have implantable pacemakers or defibrillators from home. This technology was introduced in the U.S. in 2001 so it’s been available for close to 15 years. [More]
State highlights: Texas immigrant surge brings health crisis

State highlights: Texas immigrant surge brings health crisis

Large stores in California need not keep automated external defibrillators for customers who suffer heart attacks, the California Supreme Court decided. In a unanimous ruling Monday, the state's highest court said California law requires only that fitness centers have such potentially life-saving devices and encourages most public buildings to keep them (Dolan, 6/23). [More]
First Edition: June 24, 2014

First Edition: June 24, 2014

Today's headlines include news about the latest report detailing problems at the VA. [More]
Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

Cardiac Lead Extraction celebrates 25-Year anniversary at Cardiostim

A quarter century ago, doctors treating patients with implanted cardiac pacemakers had a big problem. Their patients were outliving the complex electrical devices that gave them an acceptable quality of life. [More]
New legislation allows Illinois high schools to add CPR and AED training to curriculum

New legislation allows Illinois high schools to add CPR and AED training to curriculum

Illinois firefighters and advocates from the American Heart Association applauded Governor Quinn for signing House Bill 3724 into law at the annual Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois convention in Bloomington-Normal. [More]
NYU Langone Medical Center implants RNS device in brain for patients with epilepsy

NYU Langone Medical Center implants RNS device in brain for patients with epilepsy

NYU Langone Medical Center last month became the first hospital outside of a clinical trial site to implant a pacemaker-like device in the brain that may be a game-changer for patients with epilepsy. [More]

ICD, CRT-D patients benefit to almost equivalent extent from home telemonitoring

Home telemonitoring is equally effective in ICD and CRT-D patients, a subanalysis of the IN-TIME trial has shown. [More]

St. Jude Medical presents new data on quadripolar technology at Heart Rhythm 2014

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, is the leader in quadripolar technology with the only cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) system approved in the U.S. New data presented at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions, demonstrates increased survival, improved clinical outcomes and better cost utilization with St. Jude Medical's quadripolar technology. [More]
Loyola offers new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death

Loyola offers new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death

Loyola University Medical Center has begun offering patients a new type of implantable defibrillator that prevents sudden cardiac death with an electric shock to the heart. [More]
Cook Medical's Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip now available to gastroenterologists

Cook Medical's Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip now available to gastroenterologists

The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip is now available to gastroenterologists in major global markets. The clip is used to stop gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding, which is a condition that can be challenging to treat because of the variations among bleeds. [More]

St. Jude Medical's net sales increase 2% in first quarter 2014

St. Jude Medical, Inc. today reported sales and net earnings for the first quarter ended March 29, 2014. [More]
Boston Scientific to launch of S-ICD System into parts of Asia

Boston Scientific to launch of S-ICD System into parts of Asia

Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has expanded the launch of its S-ICD System into parts of Asia. The first implant of the S-ICD System in Asia was performed in Hong Kong by Prof. Hung Fat Tse, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, The University of Hong Kong and Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital in Pokfulam, Hong Kong, under the proctorship of Dr. Martin Stiles, Director of Electrophysiology, Waikato Hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. [More]