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Interrogating cardiac implants after death reveals valuable details about patients and devices


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JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology
Reuters Health - 11/01/2022 - Interrogating a patient's cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) after death may provide important information about possible device malfunction, abnormalities the person lived with, the mechanism and time of death, and in some forensic situations it may help determine their identity, researchers in Australia say. "If a patient dies for unexplained reasons, a postmortem check of a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), or implantable loop recorder can be helpful to determine cause of death," said Dr. Jordan M. Prutkin, a cardiac electrophysiologist, sports cardiologist, and professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, in Seattle, who was not involved in the new research. "The forensic aspect of this study is fascinating, demonstrating how you can use devices to determine date and even time of death, months after a body has been found," Dr. Prutkin told Reuters Health by email. "This i...


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