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Cardiac Defibrillation

Mechanisms, Challenges and Implications

The only known effective therapy for lethal disturbances in cardiac rhythm is de?brillation, the delivery of a strong electric shock to the heart. This technique constitutes the most important means for prevention of sudden cardiac death. The efficacy of defibrillation has led to an exponential growth in the number of patients receiving implantable devices. The objective of this book is to present contemporary views on the basic mechanisms by which the heart responds to an electric shock, as well as on the challenges and implications of clinical defibrillation. Basic science chapters elucidate questions such as lead configurations and the reasons by which a defibrillation shock fails. Chapters devoted to the challenges in the clinical procedure of defibrillation address issues related to inappropriate and unnecessary shocks, complications associated with the implantation of cardioverter/defibrillator devices, and the application of the therapy in pediatric patients and young adults. The book also examines the implications of defibrillation therapy, such as patient risk stratification, cardiac rehabilitation, and remote monitoring of patient with implantable devices.

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Cardiac DefibrillationMechanisms, Challenges and ImplicationsEdited by Natalia Trayanova

Published: September 26th 2011

DOI: 10.5772/857

ISBN: 978-953-307-666-9

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6505-7

Copyright year: 2011

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1 Web of Science Citations

6 Dimensions Citations


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1. Mechanisms of Defibrillation Failure

By Takashi Ashihara, Jason Constantino and Natalia A. Trayanova


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2. The Role of the Purkinje System in Defibrillation

By Edward J Vigmond, Patrick M. Boyle and Makarand Deo


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3. Analysis of the Lead Sensitivity Distribution in Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

By Jesús Requena-Carrión, Juho Väisänen, Jari Hyttinen and Juan J. Vinagre-Díaz


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4. Modeling Defibrillation

By Gernot Plank and Natalia Trayanova


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5. What Can We Do Before Defibrillation?

By Chunsheng Li, Shuo Wang and Junyuan Wu


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6. Pulmonary, Cardiovascular and Mechanical Complications of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

By Georgia Hardavella, Georgios Dionellis and Nikolaos Koulouris


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7. New Ways to Avoid Unnecessary and Inappropriate Shocks

By Jorge Toquero, Victor Castro, Cristina Mitroi and Ignacio Fernández Lozano


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8. Cardiovascular Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator-Related Complications: From Implant to Removal or Replacement: A Review

By Mariana Parahuleva


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9. Expanding Applications of Defibrillators and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy to Include Adult Congenital Heart Disease

By K Michael, B Mayosi, J Morgan and G Veldtman


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10. Role of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Sports

By Saqib Ghani and Sanjay Sharma


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11. Implantable-Cardioverter Defibrillator in Pediatric Population

By María Algarra, Pablo Santiago, Luis Tercedor, Miguel Álvarez, Rocío Peñas, Francisca Valverde and Abdulreda Abdallah


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12. ICD Implantations in the Pediatric and Young Adult Population

By Ten Harkel Arend DJ and Blom Nico A


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13. AED for Paediatric Use, Implications in the Design of Shock Advice Algorithms

By Sofia Ruiz de Gauna, Jesus Ruiz, Unai Irusta and Elisabete Aramendi


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14. Role of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators for Dialysis Patients

By Marlies Ostermann


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15. Cardiac Rehabilitation for Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

By Alan Robert Denniss and Robert Zecchin


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16. ICDs and Risk Stratification in Magnetic Field Imaging

By Dania Di Pietro Paolo, Tobias Toennis and Sergio Nicola Erne


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17. Remote Monitoring of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Therapy

By MJ Pekka Raatikainen and Ulla-Maija Koivisto


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