ICD Therapy Proved Effective in Treating Brugada Syndrome

Recent studies on instances of Brugada syndrome arrhythmias treated with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) therapy have determined that the ICDs are effective in quelling potentially fatal arrhythmias in patients. Brugada syndrome is a genetic disorder causing arrhythmias in otherwise normal patients and is the major cause of sudden unexplained death syndrome in adults. Brugada syndrome is commonly diagnosed with an abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG).

An ICD detects abnormal heart rhythms, then treats those abnormalities with a stimulus in the form of an electrical shock delivered to the heart via wires connecting the ICD to the heart muscle. For patients with Brugada syndrome, ICDs have been found to treat potentially lethal arrhythmias. 17% of at-risk, asymptomatic patients predisposed to life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias survived otherwise fatal ventricular episodes because of ICD therapy. “On the basis of our findings, risk stratification by means of [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][electrophysiologic] studies might identify asymptomatic patients at risk for arrhythmic events and could be helpful in investigating syncope potentially not related to ventricular arrhythmias,” according to researchers. While the statistics seem promising, progression in treatment is still necessary: “ICD placement is frequently associated with device-related complications, affecting 16% of patients. Moreover, inappropriate shock rates remain high regardless of careful device programming.”

Technology has improved in ICDs, and the newer-generation models serve as pacemakers as well as stimulators. In other words, newer ICDs have the ability to deliver low-energy electrical pulses to the atria in the style of a pacemaker as well as packing a much greater punch to the ventricles for defibrillation if an abnormal heart rhythm is detected. The stimuli may be painful, but last only fractions of a second.

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Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

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