Defibrillator

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.
Defibrillator Types

Several types of defibrillators are used to deliver electric currents to the heart muscles and correct abnormal and life threatening heart rhyt

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Ultra-precise gene therapy technologies could edit or silence faulty genes causing fatal heart diseases

Ultra-precise gene therapy technologies could edit or silence faulty genes causing fatal heart diseases

Accessible school-based defibrillators for treating out-of-hospital cardiac arrests could save many lives

Accessible school-based defibrillators for treating out-of-hospital cardiac arrests could save many lives

Impaired cardiac metabolism linked to increased risk of fatal arrhythmias or sudden cardiac death

Impaired cardiac metabolism linked to increased risk of fatal arrhythmias or sudden cardiac death

New electrical test to screen individuals at risk of sudden cardiac arrest

New electrical test to screen individuals at risk of sudden cardiac arrest

High air pollution may increase risk for life-threatening arrhythmias

High air pollution may increase risk for life-threatening arrhythmias

New cardiac defibrillator implanted under the skin greatly reduces patient complications

New cardiac defibrillator implanted under the skin greatly reduces patient complications

Consensus document offers recommendations on genetic testing for inherited cardiac diseases

Consensus document offers recommendations on genetic testing for inherited cardiac diseases

Recommendations to prevent, manage interference in patients with implanted cardiac devices

Recommendations to prevent, manage interference in patients with implanted cardiac devices

Clinical algorithm distinguishes between untreatable and treatable form of sudden cardiac arrest

Clinical algorithm distinguishes between untreatable and treatable form of sudden cardiac arrest

Study: Almost half of over-35s not confident in recognizing cardiac risk during exercise

Study: Almost half of over-35s not confident in recognizing cardiac risk during exercise

Study finds increased risk of early death for survivors of heart attack plus cardiac arrest

Study finds increased risk of early death for survivors of heart attack plus cardiac arrest

ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2022 to focus on management of cardiac emergencies

ESC Acute CardioVascular Care 2022 to focus on management of cardiac emergencies

Patients likely to experience inappropriate shocks from defibrillators without firmware update

Patients likely to experience inappropriate shocks from defibrillators without firmware update

Subcutaneous defibrillators equally effective in delivering electric shocks, study says

Subcutaneous defibrillators equally effective in delivering electric shocks, study says

First pediatric-only guidelines for the use of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators

First pediatric-only guidelines for the use of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators

Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

Study finds fewer psychological symptoms among cardiac arrest survivors practicing mindfulness

Study finds fewer psychological symptoms among cardiac arrest survivors practicing mindfulness

Earlier epinephrine administration associated with better recovery after cardiac arrest

Earlier epinephrine administration associated with better recovery after cardiac arrest

Implantable cardiac monitors effectively detect serious arrhythmias in selected post-infarction patients

Implantable cardiac monitors effectively detect serious arrhythmias in selected post-infarction patients

Drones flew defibrillators to location of patients with suspected cardiac arrest, study reports

Drones flew defibrillators to location of patients with suspected cardiac arrest, study reports