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Pacemaker Sensing and Pacing

Pacemaker Sensing and Pacing Pacemaker sensing and pacing are two terms that are the basis for how a pacemaker works. We often take it for granted that everybody knows exactly what we mean in clinic when we say things like V pacing or V sensing. I just wanted to put a short post together so you know exactly what the …

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Longest Lasting CRT-D Pacemaker?

Who has the longest lasting CRT-D Pacemaker Battery? LivaNova (formerly Sorin) have launched their Platinum ICD and CRT-D range of cardiac devices. LivaNova claim to have the longest lasting CRT-D. This got me wondering Who has the longest lasting CRT-D Pacemaker Battery? Traditionally battery longevity calculations have been made using different criteria as manufacturers market their devices in the best light possible. Are LivaNova …

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Battery Free Pacemaker

Sceptics may be inclined to believe that ‘a battery free pacemaker’ or ‘rechargeable’ pacemakers have been held back by manufacturers to ensure they have repeat business once the battery depletes. These people may soon be proved wrong according to this article from E & T. StartMainContent Battery Free Pacemaker Powered by Heart A Battery free pacemaker that would harness energy directly from …

Pacemakers Can Detect Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

Pacemakers Can Detect Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation

New research provides further evidence that data collected by pacemakers can be used to speed the detection of atrial fibrillation (AF). I found this article on MD Peer Exchange and whilst the heading suggests that pacemakers are useful in detecting atrial fibrillation – this is stating the obvious. All pacemaker specialists worth their salt always looks for new incidence of AF …

Study: Light Beams To Replace Pacemakers | Health News

Light Beams To Replace Pacemakers

Light Beams To Replace Pacemakers? Mending irregular heartbeats with light beams instead of pacemakers sound like science fiction? Think again because this is no longer a fictitious proposition. Researchers at the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, have developed a new approach for the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms by using a targeted, light-based therapy. The research found that by focusing a gene and …

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Quadripolar Pacemaker Leads

Quadripolar Pacemaker Leads in Left Ventricular or Biventricular Pacing I just wanted to explain quadripolar pacemaker leads in simple terms as a few people on the forum have them implanted as part of their pacemaker therapy. Quadripolar leads have four electrodes (Fig 1.) compared to bipolar left ventricular leads that have two. Quadripolar leads are leads used to pace the left …

Europe grants its first CE mark for leadless pacemaker to treat left ventricle – FierceMedicalDevices

An illustration of EBR Systems’ leadless pacemaker (white) in relation to the heart–Courtesy of EBR Systems EBR Systems’ WiSE leadless pacemaker just earned a CE mark, becoming the first device in the class approved for improving left ventricular function. Medtronic and St. Jude Medical also offer leadless pacemakers, but they are implanted in the heart’s right ventricle. The Sunnyvale, CA, …

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Doctors Create Micro-Pacemaker to Treat Unborn Baby With Heart Blockage | LifeNews.com

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have created the world’s first fully implantable micro-pacemaker for unborn children with congenial complete heart blocks. The medical journal, Heart Rhythm, revealed that the US Food & Drug Administration has designated the micro-pacemaker as a device for humanitarian use. The Times of India reports that the micro-pacemaker has already been through pre-clinical testing …

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Pacemaker Malfunction

Pacemaker Malfunction Responsible for 2000 Deaths Per Year in the UK? I just wanted to publish my response to the the Daily Mail and the Express who recently published an article claiming that 2000 deaths a year may be caused by faulty pacemakers. Essentially the paper manipulated a extremely weak statistical data set for scaremongering… the height of irresponsible reporting. …

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Action Potential – How the Heart Beats

 Action Potential – How the Heart Beats Action potential is the sudden changing of the cells membrane potential (the electrical charge on the inside vs the electrical charge on the outside of the cell). In this post you will learn how the action potential of our heart’s cells is directly responsible for the beating of the heart. If you have not already done …

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Heart Block Explained Simply

Heart Block Explained Having written many posts on pacemakers, it suddenly dawned on me that I had not fully covered heart block. This seems crazy now as people with heart block make up huge percentage of those with pacemakers. During each heartbeat an electrical signal moves like a wave through the heart’s cells causing the heart muscle cells to contract …

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Pacemakers – Sick Sinus Syndrome (SSS)

Pacemakers and Sinus Node Dysfunction Sinus Node Dysfunction (Includes Sick Sinus Syndrome Also Known as Tachy-Brady) One of the most common reasons for a cardiac pacemaker to be implanted is sinus node dysfunction. Sinus node dysfunction simply describes heart conditions where the sinus node is not functioning appropriately. The sinus node is also called the sinoatrial node or S.A. node …

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Pacemakers Made Easy! Hard Copy Now Available.

OUT OF STOCKHARD COPY BOOKS UNAVAILABLE PENDING OFFICIAL PUBLISHING AGREEMENTE- COPIES STILL AVAILABLE Pacemakers Made Easy! Hard Copy Now Available. 150 fully illustrated pages explaining how pacemakers work. Suitable for people with pacemakers and healthcare professionals. Reviews available here… https://itunes.apple.com/…/pacemakers-made-easy/id931283044… But I have copy and pasted a few at the bottom of this post in case you cannot connect to …

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Heart Pacemaker – Artificial

Artificial Heart Pacemaker An artificial heart pacemaker is a small electrical device that is implanted under the skin to help control the heart’s rhythm and rate. It should not be confused with your heart’s natural pacemaker. In your heart you have a collection of cells called the Sino Atrial Node, it lives in the top right hand corner of your heart and is responsible …

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Aortic Valve Stenosis

Aortic Valve Stenosis Aortic valve stenosis is a medical condition affecting one of the heart’s valves. If the heart’s valves are not working as they should, then the ability of the heart to pump blood around the body can be reduced. A small reduction in the heart’s pumping capacity may be unnoticed and cause no symptoms but at the other …

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Cardiology VERY Basic ECG/EKG – Electrocardiogram – Electrokardiogram

Electrocardiogram or Electrokardiogram if you use the German Word! Taken from The Heart Made Easy by Carl Robinson (Click to Purchase for Kindle) ECG is simply a graph of the hearts electrical activity. Patients do not really need to know how to precisely read an ECG, obviously it would be great if we were all able to analyse the results …

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The Heart Made Easy – Free Cardiology Book

The Heart Made Easy FREE to my Subscribers!!! So I have finished my first book on Cardiology Made Easy. Book one is simply called The Heart Made Easy and teaches about the heart in a way that is easy to understand and enjoyable to read (I am biased yes). However I have had some really positive feedback already… Wahoo! Luckily …

A Quick Word from Dr Liza Morton (Regular Guest Blogger)

 Broadly speaking I consider medical professionals involved in my care to fit into one of two categories: those who get it and those who don’t (of course, in reality this is probably more of a continuum than a dichotomy).   It can seem like all of us working in the healthcare profession are increasingly burdened with bureaucracy, time limitations and heavy …

Pacemakers Made Easy Ebook

Pacemakers Made Easy On Ibooks At last the book is finished and available on Ibooks (Apple Mac, Ipod Touch, Ipads and Iphones) as well as in hard copy. It would have been sooner but the powers that be insist on a few final editing processes! A fully illustrated guide to how Pacemakers work with over 145 information packed pages. Written …