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Donated Pacemakers from U.S. Safely Reused in India

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Reusing the devices after original recipient's death made the lifesaving procedure affordable

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Reusing pacemakers from dead patients is safe and effective, according to a new study.

It involved 53 heart patients in Mumbai, India, who received pacemakers donated by the families of deceased American patients. The pacemakers were sterilized before they were implanted in the Indian patients.

After receiving the pacemakers, all the patients were alive and doing...

Reusing the devices after original recipient's death made the lifesaving procedure affordable

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Reusing pacemakers from dead patients is safe and effective, according to a new study.

It involved 53 heart...

End of Life and Heart Rhythm Devices

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How Do I Handle Death and Dying Issues with My ICD and Pacemaker?

By Garrett Snipes, MD, Jonathan Z. Rosman, MD, and Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D.

Modern medicine has succeeded at developing cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) that improve quality of life and prevent dying prematurely in at-risk persons. There are times, such as at the end of life, when patients and families may no longer desire this therapy and wish to have their cardiac devices...

Handheld Metal Detectors Don't Seem to Affect Pacemakers

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MONDAY, Oct. 31(HealthDay News) -- Heart patients with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators will find comfort from a German study that suggests that the handheld metal detectors used at airports won't cause the medical devices to malfunction.

Anecdotal reports had suggested that the electromagnetic field generated by the security scanners interfered with the devices, but this study found that "probably" is not the case.

"While these new findings are reassuring for patients with...

Laser Removal of Heart Device Wires Safe for Older Patients

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October 11, 2011

Study Highlights:Using a laser to remove pacemaker and defibrillator wires implanted in heart muscle is as safe in people ages 80 and older as it is in younger people.Researchers found no important risk differences between the two age groups.This should reduce safety concerns and increase the procedure’s use in octogenarians.

DALLAS, Oct. 11, 2011 — Using a laser to remove wires connecting implanted pacemakers and...

MRI Safe with More Recent Defibrillators, Pacemakers

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People with newer implanted heart devices can have scans for other medical problems, research finds

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with pacemakers and implanted defibrillators can safely undergo MRIs to screen for cancer and other diseases, as long as certain procedures are followed, a new study finds.

Those procedures include only using MRI on people with pacemakers manufactured in 1999 or later or defibrillators manufactured in 2000 or later, and making sure a...