Detection of abnormal heartbeats can be done with a devicecalled defibrillator implant. These implants will send power boosts when theheart begins to beat in the odd manner, erratically or too fast, and this powerboost will help the heart to return to the normal. The implants will have tobe placed in a chest of a person and this will require 4 hours of surgery.There is one frightening connection made between these implants and heartattacks. For example, heart attack has killed a Dick Cheney, a vice president,and he had such implant.
How Does It Function?
It record heartbeats and when they are irregular, it starts to operate. The brain of themachine is the generator, while the lead is responsible for checking the rhythmof the heart and when necessary, it sends the power boost to correct it. As wehave said, generator is the brain of the operation and it says when the boostwill be applied.
Getting a defibrillator implant is a serious surgery with great risks involved, but many people lead a peaceful and quiet life because of it. So, be carefulwhen deciding whether to get such an implant. Several days will be needed if youchoose to undergo this surgery. EKG, blood test and some other tests will bedone after the surgery, along with the chest x-ray, which will tell the doctorif the implant has been placed in the correct position. Several days of stay inthe hospital will be needed, but the patient will be able to return to the usual dailyactivities very fast, although, for example, weight over 20 pounds cannot be lifted until apatient is recovered in full.
All machines can break down and so can the defibrillator implant, which is why it is necessary to keep this inmind. Know that magnetic fields can make an impact on your implant so try toavoid bigger electrical devices, MRIs, power plants, industrial equipment andsimilar. Cell phone and implants should be always on a six inch distance, whilemicrowaves are not such a threat. As we have said, be careful with your implantand it will last longer.
There are some negative and some positive health effects associated with theseimplants. But only a professional can make a decision whether you should usesuch implants or not, and this can be done only after a thorough physical examination. People who need such device will surely benefit fromit. In only 1% of all cases the complications have been noted. Some of the mostcommon complications are breath shortness, mild chest pain and infection.Fainting is another possible complication although it happens very rarely. Rememberto always see a physician who will help you in making the right decision when defibrillatorimplants are in question, and if the abnormal heartbeats reappear after thesurgery, see a doctor immediately.