A new style of implantable defibrillator is providing options to patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The device is sewn below a patient’s skin, leaving the heart and its vessels untouched. Electrodes continually analyze the heart’s rhythm and the device uses a pulse generator to deliver a shock if necessary.
Dr. Traian Anghel explains how this device improves upon previous defibrillators which had to be implanted in the heart.
Also this week: Dr. Palma Shaw discusses deep vein thrombosis, and Dr. Ajay Jain talks about the rise in chronic hepatitis. Registered dietitian Maureen Franklin will share summertime food safety advice.