An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is recommended for people who are at high risk for cardiac arrest. In most instances, people who have had prior heart damage as a result of heart attacks or “cardiomyopathy,” typically an inherited heart muscle disease, are at high risk for cardiac arrest. People at high risk have a poorly contracting heart muscle.
Also, there are some people with a normally contracting heart who have inherited instability of the heart rhythm. This includes “long QT syndrome” and similar conditions.
The defibrillator acts as a protective “parachute” that corrects dangerous heart rhythm disorders with an electrical shock. Recent news stories to the contrary, most defibrillators placed by heart rhythm specialists are appropriate to protect high-risk patients, who succeed admirably.
Brigid A. Morris, MD
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Who needs an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is recommended for people who are at high risk for cardiac arrest. In most instances, people who have had prior heart damage as a result of heart attacks or “cardiomyopathy,” typically an inherited heart muscle disease, are at high risk for cardiac arrest. People at high risk have a poorly contracting heart muscle.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How can my eating habits help control gastroparesis symptoms?
Robynne Chutkan, MD, Gastroenterology, answeredChanging your eating habits can help control gastroparesis. Your doctor or dietician may prescribe six small meals daily instead of three large ones and recommend that you avoid late-night eating. With less food entering the stomach each time you eat, the symptoms are often improved. Avoiding fatty foods and high-fiber foods that are more difficult to digest will also improve symptoms.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Do women have unique risk factors for heart disease?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
There are heart disease risk factors that are unique or more prevalent among women, according to recent studies more focused on women’s health. These risk factors include:
- Relatively high testosterone levels prior to menopause
- Increased hypertension during menopause
- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (more common among women)
- Stress and depression (also more common in women than men)
- Low risk factor awareness, which can prevent early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
Women should still be aware of the risk factors they share with men, including:
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- Smoking – can have a greater impact on heart disease risk for women than men, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR)
- High blood pressure
- Family history of cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic syndrome – the combination of high blood pressure, obesity (especially abdominal fat), and high glucose and triglyceride levels
- High levels of C-reactive protein – a sign of inflammatory disease that can occur together with other cardiovascular risk factors