Category: Cardiac Care

What is the Best Stethoscope to go for?

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Going out into the medical world to become one of the medical providers, there are two basic things that become your identity; the white coat and the stethoscope. Apart from being a medical practitioner’s trademark, a stethoscope carries a vital value. It may be the instrument deciding between life and death. Furthermore, it is the most commonly employed instrument in every medical examination, may it be of the cardiovascular system or anywhere else in the body. Being one of the fundamentals of medicine, the need for a stethoscope that performs its function well is evident. In addition to this, with the vast majority of medical fields, each with their own requirements and specifications, finding a stethoscope that suits your work is very important.

An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. Its Benefits and Risks

implantable cardioverter defibrillator

ICD or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a special electronic device that is installed inside the patient’s chest for preventing sudden death from cardiac arrest that occurs because of tachycardia. The very first devices of this type appeared in the 1970s, and the first implantation took place in 1980. At that time ICDs had a single therapy option – defibrillation, and the generator was placed in the abdomen.

Today an implantable defibrillator has several options and can monitor the heart rhythm. When it is normal, the device is inactive. However, when it develops a life threatening condition like tachycardia, the device delivers one or several electrical shocks to the heart in order to terminate the abnormal rhythms, thus returning the heart rhythm to the norm.

What Is Cardiac Monitor? How Does It Work?

what is a cardiac monitor

The vast majority of cardiac monitors are electrical devices attached to a patient. The place where electrodes are placed is usually cleaned and shaved thoroughly. In some cases an arm cuff is used as well, when the blood pressure is monitored.

Such monitors provide a visual display of the patient’s parameters. Some of them are set to sound an alarm in case any of the parameters changes outside of the range that is determined by a physician.

 
There is a whole set of different parameters, including:

  • electrocardiogram
  • arterial blood oxygen saturation
  • cardiac output
  • intravascular pressures
  • noninvasive blood pressure
  • blood temperature

The equipment that is generally required for continuous monitoring includes the cardiac monitor and cables, pressure transducers and electrode patches, arterial blood saturation probes and a pulmonary artery catheter.