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Posted by pacergirl on 2009-08-23 09:56. 5 comments. 1343 reads
 
Carol Kasyjanski, a Glen Cove resident and soft-spoken mother of two adult sons, quietly made medical history a few weeks ago when she became the first heart patient in the nation to receive a new generation of pacemaker with a super-sophisticated surveillance system.

Kasyjanski's pacemaker streams data wirelessly on the health of her heart - and the health of the pacemaker itself - to a monitoring device next to her bed. As she sleeps, the data flow to a central server thousands of miles away in California. Her doctor can tap into the information any time of day or night, from the hospital or even his home.

For the full story please go to www.newsday.com and do a search for Aug. 15, 2009 "pacemaker" That is how I fo...


Posted by ElectricFrank on 2009-08-10 10:25. 8 comments. 1064 reads
 
Has anyone else been watching the congressional hearings on defective medical devices on CSPAN? I saw a rerun yesterday and most of it focused around the defective Medtronic ICD leads.

Of course this stuff isn't new. These days almost any corporation will withhold information and action as long as they can. Medtronic only did it for 3 years. How about the defective rudder controls on the 737 jetliner where they just finally finished replacing the last one after the problem first occurred in 1996. Several fatal crashes and several close calls didn't result in grounding the aircraft until it was fixed, and all with the FAA's blessing.

So the next time your ICD starts randomly firing or fails to fire, just be comforted ...


Posted by SMITTY on 2009-08-04 11:13. 2 comments. 885 reads
 
This is part of an article on pacemakers/defribillators from our local paper this morning. One sentence (marked with < >) may be of particular interest to our group as the question on this comes up from time to time.

JUMP START FOR HEART DEVICE MAKERS

Heart device makers are hoping innovations and recent clinical trials will pump up sales, leading to faster growth.

Sales of implantable devices that treat problems like heart failure, slow or fast heartbeats and irregular heart rhythms have stagnated in recent years in the wake of product recalls and other issues.

But the companies that make these products are increasingly optimistic that the devices can also help patients with less severe forms...


Posted by pete on 2009-07-10 07:21. 3 comments. 844 reads
 
Medtronic are reseaching and developing a "GASTRIC PACEMAKER" to be fitted to patients who cant keep their appetites in check. It "PACES" your stomach to make you feel sated. Apparently 15 patients have already been fitted with the device as a medical trial. If they get too thin will they be able to sue? Most likely they will be programmable to adjust your weight to whatever you want. Just think they could be linked to pick up Sat Nav and make you feel sated every time you pass McDonalds. As someone who has had problems with my heart pacemaker also pacing my stomach I dont think it will be too popular. What with the interest in brain pacemakers I cannot help wondering what the end game could be- a three in one pacemaker to keep you hear...


Posted by chip on 2009-07-04 14:26. 2 comments. 1332 reads
 

FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: July 2, 2009
Contact: Sandy Walsh, 301-796-4669, sandy.walsh@fda.hhs.gov

FDA Approves Multaq to Treat Heart Rhythm Disorder
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Multaq tablets (dronedarone) to help maintain normal heart rhythms in patients with a history of atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter (heart rhythm disorders). The drug is approved to be used in patients whose hearts have returned to normal rhythm or who will undergo drug or electric-shock treatment to restore a normal heart beat.

Multaq may cause critical adverse reactions, including death, in patients with recent severe heart failure. The drug’s label will contain a boxed warning, th...


Posted by janetinak on 2009-06-12 00:05. 3 comments. 1208 reads
 


Just saw this on recall of Medronic PM. Site has a phone # to call for more info.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/Safety
AlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm165711.htm

Janet



Posted by kmcgrath on 2009-05-21 00:15. 3 comments. 1897 reads
 
Heard about this on the 11PM news tonight:

Medtronic link:

http://www.medtronic.com/kappasigma/patient.html
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CNNMoney.com story:

Medtronic Inc. (MDT) on Monday sent doctors around the world a letter telling them about potential issues with wires in some older pacemakers that affects about 37,000 devices and may lead doctors to remove and replace some of them.

The issues covered in the "Dear Doctor" letter involves a small fraction of the more than 1.7 million "Kappa" and "Sigma" pacemakers implanted in the last 12 years. The letter included a new problem with both pacemakers and an issue with Sigma devices that was first identified in 2005 but has caused a higher- than-expected fa...


Posted by admin on 2009-04-22 20:45. 2 comments. 952 reads
 
I found an interested article at that may interest other members. The full article can be found at www.theheart.org/article/962057.do 

Here are some excerts.

In an analysis of data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Registry, investigators showed that ICD implantations by nonelectrophysiologists (non-EPs) are associated with a higher rate of procedural complications and that patients are less likely to receive cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillation (CRT-D), when compared with board-certified electrophysiologists (EPs)...

"As far as I know, there are no nationa...


Posted by markjbaker on 2009-04-03 16:08. 6 comments. 943 reads
 
Awesome.

http://tinyurl.com/c3u2lq


Posted by SMITTY on 2009-03-31 16:32. 5 comments. 813 reads
 


Oh happy day. We will soon be getting a "one size fits all" pill called a polypill. One that contains five medicines, a beta blocker, an ace inhibitor, a diuretic, a statin and aspirin.

Forget the fact that one person's need for different amounts of one of these medicines may differ from that of another person, you are all going to get the same amounts. I say you are all going to get the same amount because old Smitty is not going to take that thing.

I don't care how many trials they have run. I'm sure it has possibilities for simplifying the doctor's work, but I also see it as a good way to increase the business of the undertaker.

One of the reasons I will not take the medicine Plavix...


Posted by chip on 2009-03-28 12:56. 2 comments. 832 reads
 
http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/03/28/new-device-treats-common-heart-rhythm-disorder.html

(Copy & Paste to your Browser)

Posted by admin on 2009-01-19 12:37. 2 comments. 942 reads
 
I recently read this article in the National Post and thought I would share it. The idea is so simple, I had just assumed it was automatically being done.

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Airline pilots have used them for years as a proven method to make flying less dangerous. Now there is evidence that surgical staff can dramatically curb the amount of harm they inadvertently do to patients simply by working through checklists before, during and after operations.

Employing a standard checklist slashes the number of serious complications and deaths from surgery by more than a third, an international study published Wednesday by hospitals in Toronto and seven other cities concluded.

The concept could have a huge impact if in...


Posted by admin on 2008-11-11 15:42. 2 comments. 1075 reads
 
By Alex Nussbaum
Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- A beating heart's excess energy was tapped by British scientists in a first step toward extending the life of batteries that power pacemakers and other medical devices.

A generator inserted into a pig's heart on the tip of a wire produced 4.3 microjoules of electricity, about a fifth the energy needed to fuel a pacemaker and enough to help recharge its battery, researchers said in a study released at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in New Orleans.
Defibrillators and pacemakers are pager-sized devices implanted in the chest to shock faulty hearts back into rhythm. Newer versions track blood oxygen levels, temperature and other data, but advances have been limited...


Posted by chip on 2008-11-09 14:25. 3 comments. 1020 reads
 
http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSTRE4A81SS20081109



Posted by SallyJS on 2008-10-15 13:16. 2 comments. 1139 reads
 
Saw this article you all might be interested in!

http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=19798

Posted by SMITTY on 2008-08-20 18:47. 0 comments. 1024 reads
 
From TIME and CNN

Heart disease is often referred to as the leading cause of death in the U.S. — but in fact, nobody dies of heart disease, because there is no such thing. "Heart disease" is a catchall term that includes coronary artery disease, heart failure and cardiomyopathy (just as "lung disease" includes asthma, emphysema and lung cancer). It doesn't include heart attack, though, because a heart attack can be the result of one kind of heart disease or the cause of another — but isn't technically a disease itself.

If that sounds confusing, it's because the heart is only part, though obviously the most important part, of the cardiovascular system, which includes not only the heart itself but also the blood vessel...


Posted by admin on 2008-07-01 21:15. 0 comments. 1671 reads
 
By Debbie Gilbert

For people with heart problems, having an implanted cardiac pacemaker can be a lifesaver. But there’s a big disadvantage: If you need a magnetic resonance imaging test to diagnose an illness or injury, you can’t have it.
And it’s not for the reason you might think.

"Metal itself is not the problem," said Dr. Karthik Ramaswamy, a cardiac electrophysiologist with Northeast Georgia Heart Center.

People with certain types of metal objects inside their bodies, such as steel rods, plates or staples, cannot have an MRI because the machine contains gigantic magnets that could actually pull these objects out.

In recent years, most medic...


Posted by kmcgrath on 2008-06-30 13:08. 0 comments. 1285 reads
 
Sign me up! :-)

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/6762/

Posted by MSPACER on 2008-05-14 22:29. 2 comments. 1308 reads
 
Copy and paste link into browser


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/H/HEART_DEVICES?SITE=1010WINS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Posted by SMITTY on 2008-05-06 17:41. 9 comments. 3025 reads
 
Are you tired of trying to get information about your heart condition from your cardiologist? Well take a look at what's available on EBay.

PORTABLE HANDHELD ECG EKG HEART MONITOR, NEW - Item number: 130220551045

Get the optional USB cable for only $7 extra and it will download the data to your PC and the software which will diagnose the data and give you your condition. The optional software ($35) will include 13 extra different types of arrhythmias. Looks pretty darn interesting.

This has to be a cardiologist's worst nightmare. A patient with the ability to have "do it your self EKG" and the software to give them a diagnosis.

Wonder when we will be able to get a do it yourself pacemaker ki...




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