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2012-03-27 00:57:57

Risk of serious fainting episodes in patients with severe asystolic NMS cut by more than half after 2 years A select number of patients who suffer from neurally mediated synope (NMS) — a disorder in which the brain fails to regulate heart rate and blood pressure — may be good candidates to receive a dual-chamber pacemaker to prevent common NMS-related fainting spells, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 61st Annual Scientific Session....

2012-03-15 12:25:00

63-Year-Old John Martino Looking Forward to Watching His 4 Grandchildren Grow Up Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) March 15, 2012 SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart, announced today that on March 7, Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, VA, discharged its first Total Artificial Heart patient home using the Freedom® portable driver. “We expect Mr. Martino to be able to exercise, visit with friends and family, and lead a relatively normal life now...

2012-03-14 19:00:00

Innovative Technology Designed to Improve Survival Rates in High Risk Patients with Coronary Artery Disease Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) March 14, 2012 Heart disease specialists at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) have joined a landmark clinical trial investigating the potential of a novel implantable technology that is designed to provide patients with coronary artery disease early warning of an impending heart attack. AGH is the only Pittsburgh area hospital and among a select group in the...

2012-03-05 11:59:55

A new power scheme for cardiac pacemakers turns to an unlikely source: vibrations from heartbeats themselves. Engineering researchers at the University of Michigan designed a device that harvests energy from the reverberation of heartbeats through the chest and converts it to electricity to run a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator. These mini-medical machines send electrical signals to the heart to keep it beating in a healthy rhythm. By taking the place of the batteries that power...

2012-02-10 12:00:00

Heart specialists at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) have joined a select group in the country offering patients who suffer from the common and potentially deadly heart rhythm disorder ventricular tachycardia (VT) a new, minimally invasive therapy called epicardial VT ablation. Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) February 10, 2012 Heart specialists at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) have joined a select group in the country offering patients who suffer from the common and potentially deadly heart...

2012-02-01 23:42:45

Though pacemakers require only small amounts of energy (about 1 millionth of a Watt), their batteries have to be replaced periodically, which means multiple surgeries for patients. Researchers have searched for ways to prolong battery life — trying to generate energy to power a pacemaker using blood sugar, or the motion of the hands and legs — but these methods either interfere with metabolism or require a more drastic surgery, such as passing a wire from the limbs to the chest...

2012-01-26 09:43:52

Not all ICDs need to be replaced because battery is depleted More than 100,000 implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are implanted in the United States annually, fully a quarter of those are generator replacements simply because the battery is depleted. But are all those replacements necessary and should they actually be performed? Writing in the Jan. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors at the CardioVascular Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center...


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