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How Important Are Short AFib Episodes? (SCAF)

Paul Dorian, a Canadian cardiologist,  “Warned about relentless seeking of information when we do not know how to deal with the data the screening tests provide, especially since there is likely harm from a diagnosis of SCAF (anxiety, possible therapy adverse effects, insurability, a label of illness, cost, etc.) May 25, 2017 How important are short AF episodes? A study presented at the recent Heart Rhythm meeting in Chicago has added more uncertainty about the significance of short-duration AF episodes. Before…

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Anxiety and Depression with an ICD

  Based on existing data, it may be appropriate to assume a 20% prevalence rate for both depressive and anxiety disorders post-ICD implant, a rate similar to that in other cardiac populations. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in adults with implantable cardioverter defibrillators: a systematic review.   Abstract OBJECTIVE: The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used to treat life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. A significant proportion of ICD patients experience psychological symptoms including…

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Devices that May Interfere with Pacemakers

  From the American Heart Assocation Anti-theft systems (also called electronic article surveillance or EAS): Interactions with EAS systems are unlikely to cause clinically significant symptoms in most patients. However, the American Heart Association recommends that you: Be aware that EAS systems may be hidden or camouflaged in entrances and exits in many businesses. Don’t stay near the EAS system longer than is necessary. Don’t lean on or stand close to an anti-theaft system. Metal detectors for security: Interactions with…

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Traveling with a Pacemaker

The Advanced Imaging Technology full body scanner will not harm your pacemaker system or change the settings. from Boston Scientific Traveling with a Pacemaker It’s important to know that you can travel safely with a pacemaker device as long as you know how to prepare and talk to your doctor about any special precautions to take. Learn more about going through airport security, finding a doctor while traveling and other tips for having a successful trip with a pacemaker. Important…

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Are MRI Scans Safe If You Have a Pacemaker or Implanted Device?

Most heart valves and coronary artery stents currently on the market and implanted in patients can go safely through an MRI scanner from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials February 8, 2017 What to know about cardiac implants and imaging tests If you have an implanted device such as a pacemaker, heart valve, stent or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), you know it can set off the metal detector at the airport. Your device, which contains metal, is interacting with a detector that…

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FDA Approves First Wire-Free Pacemaker

From US News and World Report –April 7, 2107 –Robert Preidt The first leadless, wire-free heart pacemaker has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System works like other pacemakers to regulate heart rate in people with heart rhythm disorders, but does not use wired leads to make the electrical connection between the device and the heart. One expert believes the device’s approval is a big win for heart patients. “The leadless pacemaker is…

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