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Inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shock due to external alternating current leak: report of two cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15763537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two cases are reported of inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator shocks due to external alternating current leak. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can mimic cardiac signals and cause inappropriate implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks. EMI can arise from the normal functioning of electrical appliances or from alternating current leak. The two cases had inappropriate ICD shocks due to alternating current leak from a power drill in one and a washing machine in the other. The need for detailed advice on handling electrical equipment is emphasized.
Ngai Yin Chan; Lillian Wai-Ling Ho
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Europace : European pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac electrophysiology : journal of the working groups on cardiac pacing, arrhythmias, and cardiac cellular electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1099-5129     ISO Abbreviation:  Europace     Publication Date:  2005 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-03-14     Completed Date:  2005-07-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100883649     Medline TA:  Europace     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Princess Margaret Hospital, Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, 2-10 Princess Margaret Hospital Road, Lai Chi Kok Kowloon, Hong Kong.
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MeSH Terms
Defibrillators, Implantable / adverse effects*
Electricity / adverse effects*
Equipment Failure
Middle Aged
Tachycardia, Ventricular / therapy*

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