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Prolonged PR Interval on EKG Warns of Atrial Fibrillation Risk, Pacemaker, or Death by Mellanie H. Patient Expert Posted Thu 25 Jun 2009 12:39pm A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds a potential warning sign for three heart rhythm issues—the risk of atrial fibrillation, the need for a pacemaker, and the risk of death. When EKGs show a prolonged PR interval, that is traditionally considered relatively benign, but that may not be the case. Increas ... Read on »
Accent RF Pacemaker Using Wireless Technology From St. Jude – First Implant Successful With A Pacemaker Sending Data to EHRs and by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 14 Dec 2009 8:03am 1 Comment With no additional interaction from the patient, the device automatically sends data to the patient’s physician.  The first implant was completed in Canada.  Data is normally sent when the patient is sleeping.  I have written here quite a bit about the Merlin system from St. Jude as it has developed through FDA approval all the way to integration ... Read on »
Pacemakers May Help Predict Strokes by Medline Plus Posted Mon 15 Nov 2010 12:00pm By tracking irregular heartbeats, device can alert doctors to heightened clot risk, study finds By Alan Mozes Monday, November 15, 2010 MONDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors may be able to monitor stroke risk in pacemaker recipients by tracking the incidence of a type of irregular heartbeat c ... Read on »
What is a Pacemaker? by ShapeUp .. Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 1:49pm ANNOUNCER: Everyone has heard of pacemakers, but most people don't know what an important role a pacemaker can play in maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle. MELANIE GURA, MSN, RN: An artificial pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device that can actually take over the role of the heart's electrical system when needed. It consists of the ... Read on »
EBR Systems and Cambridge Consultants Developed First Wireless Pacing System–Pacemakers Without Leads And Wireless All Con by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Tue 15 Nov 2011 10:31pm One of the riskiest components of a pacemaker are the leads, the series of wires led through key veins into the heart and then connected to electrodes to control the pacemaker itself. This complicated surgery brings a high level of additional risk.  The leads are also suspected to be one of pacemakers’ critical failure points.  This problem ha ... Read on »
Engineered Biological Pacemakers by nih.gov Posted Mon 20 Dec 2010 7:00pm Description of Invention: A common symptom of many heart diseases is an abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia. While effectively improving the lives of many patients, implantable pacemakers have significant limitations such as limited power sources, risk of infections, potential for interference from other devices, and absence ... Read on »
Cost vs. Benefit in the Healthcare Reform Debate: More on Pacemakers in Centenarians by JaanS Medical Doctor Posted Mon 29 Jun 2009 4:39pm In its Obama Pacemaker post, the Disease Management Care Blog pointed out that critics would use the President’s convoluted response about the merits of a $30,000 device in a 100-year-old against him. As if on cue, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) editorial pages mined Mr. Obama’s answer and came up with an interpretation that predicts that governmen ... Read on »
CDRH Transparency: 515 Program Initiative Project Status Update - Implantable Pacemaker Pulse Generator Step 3 by FDA Posted Fri 29 Jul 2011 12:00am Step 1: FDA collects existing information Step 2: FDA assesses the risks and benefits Step 3: FDA issues proposed rule, which proposes classification of device type into Class I, II, or III Step 4: FDA receives and reviews comments provided Step 5: FDA issues final rule, which finalizes classification of dev ... Read on »
MRI Safe With More Recent Defibrillators, Pacemakers: Study by HealthFinder Posted Wed 05 Oct 2011 1:00pm healthnewslink People with newer implanted heart devices can have scans for other medical problems, research finds. By Jenifer Goodwin HealthDay Reporter ... Read on »
What is the role of magnet in pacemaker evaluation ? by Dr. Sangareddi V. Medical Doctor Posted Sat 16 Nov 2013 12:00am Every pacemaker has  a metallic “Reed switch” . Putting this switch on and  off is possible with an external magnet .The circuitry is such that , switching on  makes sensing function null and void.It functions as asynchronous mode.In other words  pacemaker converts to a mandatory  pacing mode .All  sensing  related issues are immediately ... Read on »