Archive - Nov 13, 2012

Archive - Nov 13, 2012


ICD Battery Alarms Us All

You may have noticed we posted an article (linked to the original Reuters piece) concerning a technology breakthrough that could have major impact on future need for ICD and pacemaker batteries.

Now we have another story to tell on the subject.

What does an ICD battery alarm sound like? Alarm you say, what alarm?
Ah, if you have an ICD, then one day you are likely to hear this sound or something similar.

Click here for the sound of an ICD battery warning.
or just press the play button

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk May Be a Family Matter

Relatives of young sudden cardiac death victims appear to have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the general population, a Danish study showed.

During up to 11 years of follow-up, there were 292 incident cases of cardiovascular disease in a cohort of relatives, higher than the 219 expected in the background population (standardized incidence ratio 1.33, 95% CI 1.19 to 1.50), according to Mattis Flyvholm Ranthe, MD, of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, and colleagues.

The risks were particularly high in relatives younger than 35, the researchers reported online in the European Heart Journal.

The findings support a large hereditary component of sudden cardiac death, Ranthe and colleagues argued.

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