Devices

What You Need to Know about ICDs

Heart-starting devices show early promise for a new set of patients.
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Stents Put On a New Drug Coat

The coat is thin and washes off, but offers major protection.
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A Cardiac Safety Net Widens

Heres how to respond, and avoid mistakes, in emergencies.
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EKG SOS May Help Doctors Decide When to Implant Life-Extending ICDs

The pattern in the electrocardiogram appears to single out patients who will benefit most from implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
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New Device Restores Synchrony Between Ailing Hearts Ventricles

Implantable unit improves exercise capacity, quality of life.
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New Study Makes a Compelling Case for Doubling Defibrillator Implants

But will insurance pay for them? The Cheney Standard may help.
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Shape-Memory Stents Fight Strokes

Nitinol tubes expand, with body heat, to keep carotid arteries open.
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Rebuilding Damaged Heart Parts

New research raises cautious hope for cell-by-cell regeneration.
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Aggressive Treatment Can Beat Infections in Implantable Devices

When vegetation invades a pacemaker or cardioverter-defibrillator, your life could depend on its prompt removal.
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Super Stents Keep the Blood Flowing

New technology leaves damaged arteries wide open and unclogged.
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The Case Against the Artificial Heart

Booster pumps, instead, offer potential healing to cardiac tissue.
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The Next Generation of Stents

Thinner struts in the devices may be easier on vessel walls.
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