Worlds smallest pacemakers give hope to brisbane heart patients
A pacemaker that may have saved one woman’s life in the months before her heart attack has been used on a new patient.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was in Melbourne’s south-east during the height of the 2009 recession.
The heart failure was detected by an automated device, but there was no heartbeat on the life support machine.
The patient had been placed in a special heart failure unit in Melbourne’s Children’s Hospital.
Doctors were convinced she was on ventilators and the pac바카라사이트emaker’s ability to work might have been compromised.
They began working on her in January and the device works by supplying a certain level of oxyge바카라n to an area of the heart, using a special type of machine.
Patients placed in this type of unit receive artificial blood flow to the heart and this is to be used to pump oxygen to the heart. Dr Tony Phillips, Medical Research Council
Patients are then put through a series of tests to ensure their hearts are healthy and are not damaged.
In the case of the woman’s pacemaker, doctors believe the machine delivered enough oxygen and pumped enough blood through her heart so she was st바카라ill alive.
“She has just got through another big round of chest scans in recent weeks, and I thought we were just about to start the work, because the heart’s just started beating again and she did not have any sign of heart failure,” Dr Tony Phillips, the clinical director of the Children’s Hospital Medical Research Council in the east of Australia, said.
He said the patient’s family and friends were in shock.
“We’re happy, the family is happy. She’s been in our heart since she was eight months old and they’ve been amazing.
“There’s still lots of work to do, we’ll do our best to keep that going into the future. But the best thing is that she has come through.
“To be at this point after so long to say she will not have a heart attack is really gratifying.
“I think for every heart attack there’s an individual who has one and they have gone through what she’s gone through and there’s just got to be a bit of an outpouring to give all of the doctors the chance to do their job properly.”
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