Posted on January 18th, 2016
Patients and family members of patients considering a defibrillator may have many questions about the procedure, monitoring, maintenance, or other questions. The following questions are some of the most common questions about defibrillators that we hear at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.
What’s involved in the placement procedure for a defibrillator?
Implanting a typical two-wire defibrillator takes... Read More
Posted on January 4th, 2016
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a specialized type of device that can both pace the heart and defibrillate or shock the heart. Pacemakers are typically implanted for heart rates that are too slow in order to help keep it beating in a steady rhythm. The defibrillator’s main purpose is to shock the heart back into a regular rhythm if a life-threatening arrhythmia (... Read More
Posted on December 14th, 2015
Many people have experienced a heart palpitation at least once - that odd fluttering in your chest, feeling like your heart is beating too hard, or thinking your heart skipped a beat. Palpitations, or occasional irregular heartbeats, are fairly common and can be triggered by many things - stress, alcohol, caffeine, medications and supplements, or even hormonal changes. In many cases, they... Read More
Posted on December 3rd, 2015
Heart palpitations can be described in several ways. Some people describe them as feeling like their heart skipped a beat, others call it a fluttering in their chest, and still others describe it as a racing heart or feeling like their heart is pounding out of their chest. Regardless of how people describe it, the bigger question for most is, “How concerned should I be?”
Heart... Read More