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Posted by golden_snitch on 2015-06-26 11:12. 4 comments. 156 reads
 
Hey there!

I have finally - the idea had been on my mind for a loooong time - started a blog that will provide arrhythmia patients with (research) news from the field of cardiac rhythm management:

https://arrhythmianewsforpatients.wordpress.com/

There is so much interesting research out there that'd be interesting/helpful for patients to know. Knowledge is power - always. But in order to find all the interesting news, you need to be really familiar with the electrophysiology branch. You need to know where to search, sign up for different newsletters, follow Twitter accounts or Facebook pages. And last but not least being a patient you often have difficulties accessing research results.

So, I hav...


Posted by Olena on 2015-05-04 14:03. 0 comments. 172 reads
 
Hi all, just want to update all ICDs users on current status of this article that was in 2012: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/24486.aspx
Which is talks about less shock therapy for ICD patients. I was able to connect with scientist from this company and he said that : trials are ongoing in Europe. The end date will depend on how fast patients are enrolled. But expect to complete them in the next 12 months or so.
I guess after that they will need to analyze the trials, write final paper and then to come to US it will need to be approved by FDA; so if trials are successful , less shocking therapy might be on horizon. Did anyone from Europe heard about these trials?


Posted by chasj on 2015-03-19 14:00. 1 comments. 531 reads
 
Hello, I'm new and trying to study up. I have had a medtronics revo sure scan pacemaker installed for two years. I have been going downhill ever since. Before it was installed the ef ratio was 65% and I was 68 years old with no other problems. I developed a irregular heartbeat and in feb of 2013 I passed out with low heart rate. The cardiologist had tested me and decided in december of 2012 things were ok until I fainted in feb. He put the pacemaker in the first of march 2013. On the subsequent follow ups about every 4 months with the technicians and a doctor followup every 6 months the ef is now 30%. I have felt weak, tired, light headed, and short winded for two years. I have printed out the sheets on the revo sure scan from google and t...


Posted by Olena on 2015-01-23 09:27. 3 comments. 686 reads
 
http://www.cardiomyopathy.org/S-ICD-study.html

Patients with a new internal defibrillator (ICD) can safely undergo an MRI, says a small study of the first patients with the devices

The location and design of the new S-ICD, which does not have leads into the heart, make it safe for magnetic resonance imaging, says lead researcher Dr Jiri Keller from the Na Homolce Hospital in Prague.


The new device, which is fitted under the skin rather than in the heart, is particularly suitable for young people who are very active but thought to be at risk of having a cardiac arrest. But the device cannot pace the heart so is not suitable for people who need pacing for a slow heart beat or to help the heart pace in a...


Posted by DOUBLEK on 2015-01-11 09:54. 1 comments. 590 reads
 
Thanks for the input folks.I need to mig and arc weld if I go back to work and I don't have a PM bit I have an ICD. KEN

Posted by Charlotteis on 2014-12-24 21:20. 12 comments. 703 reads
 
http://www.cbc.ca/1.2864706

The Foothills Medical Centre is one of three hospital in Canada — and one of 55 internationally — involved in evaluating these devices, which are about an inch long and approximately the width of a pencil.

Aside from the smaller size, the device known as a leadless pacemaker has several advantages over the standard pacemaker:

It is inserted non-surgically, which is less invasive and has a faster healing time.
It also has a lower risk of infection and doesn't restrict people in terms of movement post-implantation.

Posted by kermiehiho on 2014-10-08 00:04. 2 comments. 668 reads
 
After hearing about the woman who gave birth via a uterus transplant, I thought, "Why not a sinoatrial node transplant?"...and went looking. I found this...
http://www.vancouversun.com/health/women/Scientists+transplant+gene+into+pigs+hearts+create+biological/10035273/story.html
Apparently, scientists are already working on it, and have seen some success with pigs. I appreciate all the support and advice from this website, but it would be even better if we didn't even need a website like this to begin with.

Posted by ericdewitt on 2014-09-12 20:30. 3 comments. 749 reads
 
Hi all, I've been away for quite some time. I had my PM installed 10 years and a month ago when I was 45. I was sitting at my desk a few days ago and started feeling a ticking sensation at the implant site. I called the doc, went in 30 minutes later and found that the PM went into "survival mode" or something like that, basically battery dying, and am having it replaced next week. I still play competitive basketball, tennis and everything I did before after the initial shock most of us go through.

My question is, what new technology is out there or questions that I may want to ask before it gets installed? I was hoping for an MRI approved device but the doc says that I would have to change the leads which is a much more risky pr...


Posted by azviking on 2014-08-30 18:17. 2 comments. 461 reads
 
Positive results from new Novartis drug to treat heart failure

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58355046-68/drug-heart-failure-novartis.html.csp


azviking

Posted by WYknitter on 2014-08-01 01:14. 3 comments. 1480 reads
 
I found an interesting article on Medscape, entitled Cardiology's Biggest Lie: No MRI for Your Device Patient by Melissa Walton-Shirley - July 29, 2014

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/829046

You will need to subscribe (it's free) to see the article online, but I've copied it below.

After you read the article, please share your thoughts about this information.

Nancy

Here's the article:

Cardiology's Biggest Lie: No MRI for Your Device Patient by Melissa Walton-Shirley - July 29, 2014

She's been a good friend for 23 years and an integral part of a team of healthcare providers. But now, she stands
disheveled in a hospital room with one sock on and one sock...


Posted by Nessa73 on 2014-07-15 20:09. 5 comments. 703 reads
 
I have just read this with great interest. Does anyone have any more information about this? Gives me great hope for my sons next pacemaker.
www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2692094/ME-AND-MY-OPERATION-The-tiny-pacemaker-thats-safer-doesnt-leave-scar.html

Posted by latrishamabray on 2014-07-03 05:16. 5 comments. 492 reads
 
As we all know that the mobile phones are used widely in people's daily life now and certainly they have brought much convenience to us. However, for some special places where the phone devices are not allowed, the signals of the mobile phones should be blocked. The mobile phone jammer for sale which can be got from http://www.worldjammer.com/categories/Mobile_Phone_Signal_Jammer_/ is one of the jammer products which can be used in the military to protect the important information from being given out by the Bluetooth and phone devices.

Posted by dhiler19 on 2014-07-02 15:03. 7 comments. 612 reads
 
I am trying so hard to find a old fashion handset telephone so I can use my Instromedlx pacemaker monitoring box for the first time. I can't believe there aren't any in any of the shops in Augusta, GA, I even went to a Antique shop!

Posted by TealSoftailRider on 2014-05-05 17:21. 8 comments. 811 reads
 
EMI testing ordered on Dr Release as terms to return to work. Is employer required to comply and do test?

Cannot find this answer, seem to be getting run around from all sides.

Posted by golden_snitch on 2014-02-22 03:17. 2 comments. 675 reads
 
After the St. Jude Nanostim device, there comes Medtronic:
http://www.cxvascular.com/crn-latest-news/cardiac-rhythm-news---latest-news/medtronic-announces-first-us-implant-of-worlds-smallest-minimally-invasive-cardiac-pacemaker

Posted by MelodyMarch on 2014-01-20 16:40. 4 comments. 761 reads
 
Saw this article on CNET today, implications are huge for the future, how about a battery that doesn't run out!


http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57617483-76/nanoribbons-let-beating-hearts-power-their-own-pacemakers/




Posted by admin on 2014-01-15 21:06. 0 comments. 569 reads
 

Good day,

If you live in the Dallas, Texas area and have an ICD, you may be interested in participating in the following research.

In2ition (www.in2itioninc.com) is conducting a market research study among patients who have an implantable defibrillator (ICD) device currently implanted.

Compensation for participants is $150 for a 60-90 minute interview conducted in person. Interested parties may contact Ruth @ 866-517-6300.

- In this study, we are interested in learning about your experiences with your device.

- The results will help our client (a medical device company) better understand how these devices can be improved in future products.

-&...



Posted by Danise on 2013-10-25 21:59. 1 comments. 740 reads
 
St. Jude has received approval to start a pivotal trial of the device in the US. Check out the article www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Arrhythmias/42392?utm_source=cardiodaily. This was sent to me by the American Heart Association.

Hope you enjoy.

Posted by HeartOfBrick on 2013-09-02 12:47. 0 comments. 1418 reads
 
Interesting article about possible future resynchronization treatment.

Hope everyone in the U.S. is enjoying Labor Day!!!


Harmonizing a Broken Heart: Stem Cells Keep Cardiac Beat in Synchrony


Sep. 1, 2013 — Stem cell therapy used to regenerate injured tissue in the heart restores synchronous pumping, shows research published today [1 September] in The Journal of Physiology. The study proposes a novel strategy of 'biological resynchronisation' in which stem cells repair heart muscle damage to reestablish correct cardiac motion.

Heart attacks limit local oxygen, which can kill areas of cardiac tissue -- called 'infarcted' areas -- and also leave scarring. This damage leads to a la...


Posted by Duke999 on 2013-08-22 14:07. 4 comments. 680 reads
 
I just want to share this with all of you in case you haven't seen it.
I remember our dear past member Electric Frank had to design his own EKG machine for his own use. In the near future, we can all have one at home by using our phone.
Check this out. Very interesting

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=r13uYs7jglg

Have a nice day.

Duke



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