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2011-11-10 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Famed dancer, actress, and director Debbie Allen has teamed up with Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) today to kick off "Join the Pace Makers," a national campaign designed to empower people with a condition called bradycardia, also known as a slow heartbeat, to learn about their available treatment options so that they can have an informed conversation with their doctor. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2011-10-27 09:00:00

TIANJIN, China, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On October 18, 2011, the "TICH- BIOTRONIC Pacemaker Wireless Monitoring Services Centre" was co-founded at Teda by TEDA International Cardiovascular Hospital (hereinafter referred to as "TICH") of Tianjin, China and BIOTRONIK (Beijing) SE & Co. KG of Germany. This center is the first institution in China which engages the professional medical staff for the online monitoring of the conditions of patients with implanted pacemaker, ICD...

2011-10-17 11:54:00

Classification of "preamendment" device clarifies FDA review process SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed rule and draft special controls guidance lowering the risk classification for external pacemaker pulse generators from Class III (high-risk) to Class II (moderate-risk). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) External pacemaker pulse generators are used temporarily to regulate a...

2011-10-12 10:38:24

Using a laser to remove wires connecting implanted pacemakers and defibrillators to the heart is as safe in people age 80 or older as it is in younger patients, according to research reported in Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association journal. "We wanted to know if age was a risk factor in this procedure, and if octogenarians fare as well as younger patients," said Roger G. Carrillo, M.D., senior study author and chief of surgical electrophysiology at...

2011-10-04 09:39:31

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), an important diagnostic test, has traditionally been off limits to more than 2 million people in the United States who have an implanted pacemaker to regulate heart rhythms or an implanted defibrillator to prevent sudden cardiac death. Now, in a study published in the October 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, cardiologists at Johns Hopkins report that a protocol they developed has proved effective in enabling patients with implanted cardiac devices to...

Wilson Greatbatch Pacemaker Inventor Dies
2011-09-29 05:24:31

Wilson Greatbatch, the inventor of the implantable pacemaker, died Tuesday at the age of 92, in Buffalo, New York. His cause of death is unknown, but family members report that his health had been intermittent. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died in January of this year and is survived by three sons and a daughter, another son predeceased him, the Telegraph reports. Greatbatch was not the inventor of the pacemaker or of the implantable pacemaker, he only improved on its design....

2011-09-23 11:14:24

Spanish researchers have designed what they believe to be a new type of magnetic cloak, which shields objects from external magnetic fields, while at the same time preventing any magnetic internal fields from leaking outside, making the cloak undetectable. The development of such a device, described as an 'antimagnet', could offer many beneficial applications, such as protecting a ship's hull from mines designed to detonate when a magnetic field is detected, or allowing patients with...

2011-09-22 06:17:38

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Stanford researchers have created the first human heart cells that can be paced with light, providing new insight into the heart's function. To create the light-responsive heart cells, the investigators first inserted DNA encoding a light-sensitive protein -- known as ChR2 -- into human embryonic stem cells. ChR2 controls the flow of electrically-charged ions into the cell. The primary ion for heart cells is sodium, which initiates the electrochemical cascade that...

2011-09-12 23:38:22

New Study in Medicare Beneficiaries Published in Archives of Internal Medicine A new study finds that infections following cardiac device implantations or replacement result in extremely high costs, both financially and in terms of patient mortality, even months after affected patients return home. Infections associated with pacemakers and defibrillators led to 4.8 to 7.7-fold increases in admission mortality, 1.6 to 2.1-fold increases long term mortality, 2.5 to 4.0-fold increases in...

2011-09-12 23:33:36

An association has been found between infection associated with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) and increases in mortality and hospital care costs, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of the journal's Health Care Reform series. Therapy with CIEDs, which include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy/defibrillator devices,...