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Hi, My Name Is Dawn Huberty. I am the founder of WIRED4LIFE, an online community to support those living with implanted cardiac devices.  I am currently on my third pacemaker and am a recent ovarian cancer survivor.  I enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren and weekend trips in the RV with my husband and dog. …

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Top 7 Things I Discovered After Getting a Pacemaker

My name is Kristen Linfante and I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I’m 52-years old, and I am a professional violist. In August 2016, I received a life-saving pacemaker. I have struggled since birth with an illness called Dysautonomia, which basically means that my autonomic nervous system doesn’t work properly. All of my body’s automatic functions…

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The Intersection of Mental Health and Heart Failure

Receiving a heart failure diagnosis is a life-changing event and can be enough to make anyone feel temporarily upset, but it can also trigger long-term conditions like depression and anxiety. Some level of depression is experienced by about one in five heart failure patients, with nearly half of these depressed patients having significant depression.¹ These…

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What Do I Need to Know About Living With My New Insertable Cardiac Monitor?

An insertable cardiac monitor can change your life in a multitude of positive ways, helping your physician monitor and improve your health by providing real-time data. These data transmissions enable more accuracy when diagnosing conditions. And they give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your trusted healthcare professional can access and review…

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Is a Device an Alternative to Long-Term Drug Therapy for Certain Patients?

For individuals with heart conditions, there are a couple general treatment plans often recommended by physicians. The first is to take powerful medications that are specially formulated for heart patients. The other approach is to use a cardiac device, in addition to medication, to help monitor or regulate your heart health. The important question is…

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Are All Cardiac Diagnostic Monitoring Systems Generally the Same?

Cardiac diagnostic monitoring has transcended what was thought impossible even just a decade ago. These sophisticated devices allow your physician to get valuable data about your heart’s performance, making it easier to identify conditions that often don’t even have noticeable symptoms. The most common heart conditions detected by cardiac diagnostic monitoring are unexplained syncope (losing…

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Why Is Cardiac Diagnostic Monitoring an Important Part of My Care Plan?

Your physician is focused on to making informed diagnoses. He or she will ask you questions, conduct examinations and order tests that provide the cues and data necessary to make the best decisions for your health. It should be noted, however, that these questions, examinations and tests all have inherent limitations. First, they typically are…

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How Does MPP Make CRT Better?

While cardiac resynchronization therapy-equipped devices are top-of-the-line, that doesn’t mean they can’t be enhanced. One of the best ways to elevate their performance is with MultiPole Pacing (MPP). What Is CRT? Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a relatively new approach to heart health that picks up where past treatments left off. Put simply, cardiac resynchronization…

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What Special Considerations Must I Take Once I Get an ICM?

Some cardiac devices can have a definite impact on your day-to-day life. For example, external monitors have contacts and wires that you must be aware of during the time you are using it to get information about your heart’s activity. And some internal devices come with a long list of things you must avoid once…

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Atrial Fibrillation Reduction as a Result of BiV Pacing

Atrial fibrillation (also referred to as AFib or AF) can cause serious consequences to your health.  And it affects a significant percentage of Americans. Luckily, modern devices use therapy to help control its effects and restore patients to a healthy lifestyle. What Is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation is the most common serious abnormal heart rhythm,…

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How Do I Use My ICM?

Not all cardiac monitors are created equal. Some gather crucial data for doctors, but are extremely inconvenient for the patient. Others are geared toward the patient, but may not provide enough data for diagnosing the condition causing your symptoms.  An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) gives you the perfect balance. The devices tend to be small,…

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Are there any Differences Between ICMs?

An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) is a small device that continually monitors your heart’s rhythm and detects irregularities. It is placed directly under your skin near the heart. The procedure is quite simple, taking less than 10 minutes. While all ICMs share similar characteristics, there are certainly differences to be aware of if your doctor…

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The Value of CLS for Heart Failure Patients

Statistics indicate that more than 6.5 million1 Americans are living with heart failure, which can be a little confusing. If their hearts are failing, how can they still be alive? The fact is that heart failure doesn’t mean your heart stops beating, but that it isn’t pumping blood the way it needs to in order…

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Weighing the Options of Medication Versus a Device

If you have a heart condition, your doctor will consider all the facts and recommend a treatment plan. In some cases, lifestyle changes and basic medication can be an adequate solution. Often, however, more intensive medication or a device are required for you to regain normal health. While it’s important to heed your physician’s expert…

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Why would my physician want to use an ICM?

When it comes to your health, proper treatment is essential. Your doctor is trained to look for clues, consider all the data they about you, then make an informed diagnosis. And when the case is tricky and the stakes are high, increased data is just what the doctor ordered. Most crucial: real-time data. Of course,…

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What is TEE?

What is TEE? An echocardiogram is an ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves to inspect different portions of your heart. And as with all types of imaging, the closer you can get to the subject, the sharper the result. For example, think about the last time you took a photo of something with your…

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What Conditions Can an ICM Help to Diagnose?

How Does an ICM work? An insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) is a small device that regularly monitors your heart rhythm and records data about any irregularities. It is unobtrusively placed under the skin near your heart and the procedure takes less than ten minutes. High quality ICMs are flexible and conform to your body, so…

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CRT-P or CRT-D: Which one is right for me and why?

CRT-P and CRT-D devices are both used for the treatment of heart failure — a condition in which the heart does not pump efficiently, consequently reducing the body’s supply of oxygen-rich blood. Implantable cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices monitor the heart’s rhythm, detects irregularities and corrects them with electrical impulses. CRT-Ds differ from pacemakers and…

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Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM) – The Basics

What is an Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM)?  An insertable cardiac monitor is a small electronic device placed under your skin that continuously records your heart rhythm over an extended period of time and stores information about any irregularities in your heartbeat. With the help of this data, your doctor is in a better position to…

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Learning More About Afib

The sinoatrial (SA) or sinus node is the heart’s natural pacemaker. It sends the electrical impulses that tell the heart to beat. The impulses from the SA node travel to a cluster of cells called the atrioventricular (AV) node, which will send the impulses on to the left and right ventricles (the lower chambers) of…

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Learning More About Tachycardia

Tachycardia (also called tachyarrhythmia) means your heart beats too quickly–usually faster than 100 beats per minute. It can interfere with your heart’s normal function and may increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, or even sudden death. There are several types of tachycardia that are named according to where the problem is located: atrial—in the…

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Learning More About Bradycardia

Bradycardia means your heart beats too slowly (usually less than 60 beats per minute), or irregularly. If bradycardia is untreated, it can lead to fainting, heart failure, heart attack (sudden cardiac arrest), or sudden death. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BRADYCARDIA? Slow or irregular heartbeats can affect your heart’s ability to deliver blood and oxygen…

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Learn More About Arrhythmia

Get our educational eguide, Understanding Abnormal Heart Rhythms, and learn about the basic heart functions and types of arrhythmia.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT ARRHYTHMIA

Get our educational eguide, Understanding Abnormal Heart Rhythms, and learn about the basic heart functions and types of arrhythmia.