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Question: Cardiac

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In which of the following situations would a cardiac magnet be helpful?


pemsou5_wp • January 24, 2023

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  1. Kelly January 27, 2023 - 4:26 pm Reply

    B) Patient with an ICD delivering inappropriate shocks
    Cardiac magnets are typically kept in ED resuscitation bays for use in select emergencies involving implanted cardiac devices. A cardiac magnet will inactivate an ICD’s antiarrhythmic capabilities (which would be bad if the patient were in ventricular fibrillation and needed a shock). Cardiac magnets affect the reed switch of pacemakers, causing them to default to an asynchronous fixed rate (turns off sensing). This can be helpful in a pacemaker that is oversensing.

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