Joyelle Harris

Dr. Harris earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2010. She specializes in stretchable electronic systems with medical device applications, and she has broad expertise in patterning electronic devices on unconventional substrates. Dr. Harris is currently a technical consultant in the Electrical and Semiconductor Practice at Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting firm. At Exponent she has partnered with the Biomechanics Practice to review and analyze pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). She is also a member of the battery task force where she analyzes cells for functionality and safety, and she conducts failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA). Dr. Harris has also examined methods of building water purification devices for residents of developing countries. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Harris worked as an electrical engineer at the American Competitiveness Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Harris has also worked at the Oak Ridge National Lab and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Millions of people throughout the world currently depend on appropriate, timely shocks from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to avoid sudden death due to cardiovascular malfunctions. Therefore, information regarding the use, applications, and clinical relevance of ICDs is imperative for expanding the body of knowledge used to prevent and manage fatal cardiovascular behavior. As such, the apt and timely research contained in this book will prove both relevant to current ICD usage and valuable in helping advance ICD technology. This book is divided into three comprehensive sections in order to cover several areas of ICD research. The first section introduces defibrillator technology, discusses determinants for successful defibrillation, and explores assessments of patients who receive defibrillation. The next section talks about predicting, preventing, and managing near catastrophic cardiovascular events, and research presented in the final section examine special cases in ICD patients and explore information that can be learned through clinical trial examinations of patients with defibrillators. Each chapter of this book will help answer critical questions about ICDs.

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