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HCA Neighborhood Health Watch: Implantable defibrillators

Internal defibrillators are a common way to provide a layer of protection to people with heart problems. But a slight modification on the technology is making the process easier. 

Dr. Charles Joyner of Virginia Cardiovascular Specialists is providing his patients with subcutaneous implantable defibrillators. These defibrillators are implanted just under the skin and connected to the heart by leads, or "wires", that are placed through a large blood vessel. It provides a lower risk of complication since there are no electrodes or leads placed into the heart itself. 

According to Dr. Joyner, it goes to work right away.

"These things always work better than they would if people were around if they were there to make the decision. It can make the decision in seconds."

This type of defibrillator is especially beneficial to younger patients who would require the need of a device for a longer period of time. It does not have as big of an impact on the body.

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