Defribillator Implant

Defibrillator Implant – Entering A New Age Of Healthcare

By: - Cardio - June 6, 2011
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In days gone by, the use of defibrillators was reserved for emergency staff at hospitals and maybe the odd doctor’s clinic.  However, over time this expanded to include trained fire fighters, police and even office staff.  However, with the advent of the defibrillator implant, those who would otherwise risk suffering cardiac arrest and potential death as a result of ventricular tachycardias or fibrillations may stand a better chance of survival.  In fact, these defibrillator implants are helping to detect in advance cardiac type arrhythmias before heart failure or attacks start, giving the heart a quick electrical jolt to deal with pending problems without the person having to collapse or seek immediate medical attention.  This is especially important for those whose lifestyles mean that they are not able to access medical help right away and allows them to live normal lives without serious travelling or other restrictions.

Defibrillator implants have advanced considerably since they were first developed in the 60s, going far beyond what the normal pacemaker could ever achieve.  Now, a defibrillator implant can help in the prevention and treatment of cardiac arrests resulting from bradycardias and atrial arrhythmias.  The device is implanted into a person’s chest, wired up to their heart and can act as a reasonably permanent safety mechanism that really saves lives.  More recent devices now need not be directly attached to the heart, avoiding the risks of infection and lead type issues.  Modern versions are put right under your skin and sit outside of your ribcage, versus making physical contact with your heart, a procedure that no longer requires major heart surgery, just a short time under sedation.

Defibrillator implants can evaluate your heart beats, comparing it those within your heart’s upper areas and ensure that the balance between the two remains constant, stepping in where necessary when things get imbalanced.  By providing an emergency safety net, a defibrillator implant can make the difference between life and death, extending your ability to enjoy life and even live well into old age.  In fact, these advanced devices are even being used to help animals who suffer heart issues, so if your dog or cat has heart arrhythmia problems, one of these can probably save its life.  As far as living with one of these implanted in your chest is concerned, depending on your doctor’s recommendations, you should be able to continue enjoying regular activities, only avoiding those that may damage the device or cause it to malfunction.  Otherwise, they are considered to be as good as standard medications that are used for the same purpose.

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