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09 Jun
His Implanted Microchip Could Help Save Him From a Stroke

His Implanted Microchip Could Help Save Him From a Stroke

Norman Mayer, 86, walks around with a computer chip in his chest and doesn't think a thing about it.

Doctors implanted a tiny heart monitor chip in Mayer's chest after he suffered a mini-stroke in late 2015, to track his heartbeat and potentially detect an irregular hear...

03 Jun
Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy May Help Parkinson's Patients Long Term

Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy May Help Parkinson's Patients Long Term

Parkinson's disease patients can get symptom relief with deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy that lasts over the long term, a new study shows.

Over 15 years, patients who received DBS, which requires surgical implantation, had significant improvement in motor symptoms a...

19 May
What Type of Stent Did I Get, Where? Most Heart Patients Don't Know

What Type of Stent Did I Get, Where? Most Heart Patients Don't Know

When someone comes in for a new heart stent, it's critical that the medical team doing the procedure knows several key facts about previous stents the patient has had.

But fewer than half of patients receiving a stent were still carrying the stent card that has those de...

14 May
Magnets in Cellphones, Smartwatches Might Affect Pacemakers, FDA Warns

Magnets in Cellphones, Smartwatches Might Affect Pacemakers, FDA Warns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that strong magnets in some cellphones and smartwatches can interfere with pacemakers and other implanted medical devices.

Studies have shown that these high-strength magnets may cause some implants to switch to "magnet mo...

26 Apr
Worry, Depression Can Plague Folks Who Get Implanted Defibrillators

Worry, Depression Can Plague Folks Who Get Implanted Defibrillators

An implanted heart defibrillator is a life changer in more ways than one. More than one in 10 patients who receive the device also developed anxiety or depression, a new study reveals.

The findings highlight the need for regular screening of patients who receive an impla...

10 Feb
Implant May Improve Lives of Those With Serious Balance Disorder

Implant May Improve Lives of Those With Serious Balance Disorder

An inner-ear implant may help people with a debilitating balance disorder get steady on their feet again, an early study suggests.

The study involved eight patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH). The disorder arises from a problem in the balance system of...

28 Dec
Dislocation Risk After Hip Replacement Higher Than Thought: Study

Dislocation Risk After Hip Replacement Higher Than Thought: Study

Hip dislocations are much more common in people who've had total hip replacements than previously reported, Danish researchers say.

The investigators analyzed data from Denmark and found that the rate of hip dislocations within two years after total hip replacement was 3...

26 Oct
MRIs Might Be Safe for Patients With Implanted Heart Devices

MRIs Might Be Safe for Patients With Implanted Heart Devices

For years, people with implanted heart devices have been told they can't undergo MRI scans. But a new study adds to evidence that, with certain measures in place, the procedure is safe.

The study focused on patients with older pacemakers and implantable defibrillator...

23 Oct
FDA May Put Strong Warning on Breast Implants

FDA May Put Strong Warning on Breast Implants

Before receiving breast implants, women should be told of the possible risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in a draft proposal.

The agency suggests a boxed warning and a checklist outlining potential harms, such as pain, fatigue and further surgery.

16 Oct
Next-Gen Artificial Pancreas Boosts Blood Sugar Control

Next-Gen Artificial Pancreas Boosts Blood Sugar Control

The latest version of the so-called artificial pancreas system helped people with type 1 diabetes gain even better control of their blood sugar levels than current technology does, a new study reports.

The device combines an insulin pump, a continuous glucose monito...

07 Oct
Deep Brain Stimulation May Relieve Ringing in the Ears: Study

Deep Brain Stimulation May Relieve Ringing in the Ears: Study

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can make life miserable, but a brain implant may help, preliminary research suggests.

In a phase 1 trial of five patients whose severe tinnitus did not respond to other treatments, deep brain stimulation (DBS) diminished the ringing in...

01 Oct
Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacking Targets: FDA

Pacemakers, Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacking Targets: FDA

Medical devices that can connect to the internet might be at risk for hacking, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Tuesday.

"While advanced devices can offer safer, more convenient and timely health care delivery, a medical device connected to a communicatio...

03 Sep
Bans Not Keeping Drivers With Implanted Defibrillators off the Road

Bans Not Keeping Drivers With Implanted Defibrillators off the Road

One in three patients who have implanted devices for irregular heartbeats still drive, despite being banned from getting behind the wheel, a new Danish study finds.

It looked at more than 2,500 patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which deliv...

08 May
Airport Scanners OK for People with Implanted Heart Devices: Study

Airport Scanners OK for People with Implanted Heart Devices: Study

It appears to be safe for people with implantable heart devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators to go through body scanners at airport security checkpoints, researchers say.

Body scanners are becoming increasingly common worldwide.

But some people are...

19 Mar
A Better Cardiac Pump for People With Heart Failure?

A Better Cardiac Pump for People With Heart Failure?

A new version of an implantable heart pump could cut the risk of blood clots, bleeding and stroke in patients with advanced heart failure, according to a study funded by the device's maker.

The study included more than a thousand patients who received either Abbott I...

18 Mar
'Antibiotic Envelopes' Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

'Antibiotic Envelopes' Could Cut Infections After Pacemaker Implant

Tucking a pacemaker inside an antibiotic-soaked mesh envelope before implanting it inside your body can drastically reduce your risk of a dangerous infection, a new study shows.

About 1.7 million patients receive cardiac implants like pace...

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