July 16, 2014: Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Create 'Biological Pacemaker' in Pig Hearts
Technique might one day lead to the replacement of electronic pacemakers in humans, researchers say

June 23, 2014: Heart Failure Therapy May Benefit Women More Than Men
But study finds they're less likely than males to receive pacemaker that synchronizes heartbeats

March 24, 2014: Tiny Wireless Pacemaker Shows Early Promise
But complications can occur, study found, and more research is needed

February 27, 2014: Study Questions FDA Warning Against CT Scans for Those With Heart Devices
It found no harm to patients with devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, but agency still concerned

January 21, 2014: Implanted Devices Might Someday Run on Energy From Nearby Organs
Animal study finds way to harness power from internal motions

November 19, 2013: 'Smart' Pacemakers May Protect Heart From Further Damage
Study found 'on-off' devices were better than standard 'always on' devices in those with slow heartbeats

November 18, 2013: Hospitalization Rates Soar for Irregular Heartbeat, Study Finds
Atrial fibrillation can lead to dangerous heart complications

September 12, 2013: Health Tip: Will a Pacemaker Help Me?
It helps stabilize an irregular heartbeat

September 04, 2013: New Method Cuts Radiation During Pacemaker Procedure: Study
Electromagnetic tracking system reduces time that live X-rays are needed during device implantation

August 13, 2013: Study IDs Best Heart Failure Patients for Pacemakers
Two key measures separated those who would benefit from those who would not

May 09, 2013: iPads Could Affect Implanted Heart Devices, Early Study Finds
Young researcher suggests that users avoid placing tablets too close to the chest

May 09, 2013: Swimming Pools May Pose Hazard for People With Heart Devices
Electricity from pools' lighting systems might interfere with implanted defibrillators, case studies show

May 09, 2013: Wireless Pacemaker Shows Promise in Early Study
Device implanted directly in the heart, but questions remain about long-term use, safety

May 07, 2013: Programming Implanted Defibrillators to React More Slowly Might Be Safer: Study
Unnecessary shocks from the heart devices are often distressing, come with their own risks, experts say

April 15, 2013: Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues
Have it checked frequently

March 22, 2013: Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.
Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

February 27, 2013: Dog Study Raises Prospect of Biological Pacemaker for Humans
But experts say the concept, powered by gene therapy, will have to clear many hurdles to challenge the electronic kind

December 18, 2012: Quality of Life Can Suffer for Kids With Heart Devices
Study suggests implanted cardiac defibrillators, pacemakers affect self-perception, behavior

December 12, 2012: Fainting in Healthy People May Be First Sign of Heart Trouble
Large Danish study suggests that even a single swoon merits a thorough health evaluation

June 27, 2012: Health Tip: Living With a Pacemaker
Be careful using cell phone or microwave

May 10, 2012: Black Africans Less Apt to Develop Heart Rhythm Disorder Than Whites
This held true even though blacks had more risk factors for the condition than whites, study finds

May 02, 2012: Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Works for Elderly: Study
Real-world results promising for high-risk aortic stenosis patients, researchers say

April 24, 2012: Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study
As implanted heart devices increase, so do serious complications, research says

March 27, 2012: Defibrillator Implantation May Be Riskier for Underweight Patients
Study suggests reasons may include frailty, other health conditions

February 28, 2012: Family Tree May Aid Treatment of Inherited Heart Disorders
Archived data may help pinpoint age range when genetic heart rhythm disorder death risk rises

January 11, 2012: Even When Silent, Irregular Heartbeat Linked to Stroke Risk
Study found people with pacemakers experienced atrial fibrillation without realizing it

December 15, 2011: Donated Pacemakers From U.S. Safely Reused in India: Study
Reusing the devices after original recipient's death made the lifesaving procedure affordable

October 31, 2011: Handheld Metal Detectors Don't Seem to Affect Pacemakers: Study
But more research is needed to confirm these findings, experts say

October 11, 2011: Lasers Safe for Removal of Pacemaker Wires in Elderly: Study
The procedure, already used in younger patients, helps avoid open-heart surgery, researchers note

October 06, 2011: MRI Safe With More Recent Defibrillators, Pacemakers: Study
People with newer implanted heart devices can have scans for other medical problems, research finds

August 22, 2011: Infections Among Those With Heart Devices Has Doubled: Study
Researchers suggest growing number of sicker patients explains the increase

May 12, 2011: Keep MP3 Headphones 2 Centimeters or More From Pacemaker: Study
Don't store them in a front pocket if you have a lifesaving cardiac device

March 29, 2011: Just-Approved Defibrillators Limit Unnecessary Shocks
Medtronic devices said to recognize irregular heartbeat that's life-threatening

March 01, 2011: Heart Devices Not Tested Enough in Women: Study
FDA disregards its own mandate for data on women in clinical trials, researchers contend

February 08, 2011: FDA Approves First Pacemaker Deemed Safe During MRIs
But use limited to certain patients, certain body parts and certain scanning parameters, agency notes

February 08, 2011: MRI-Friendly Pacemaker Approved
System designed to work with magnetic resonance imaging devices

January 13, 2011: Health Tip: Some Devices May Cause Pacemaker Problems
Avoid close and prolonged exposure

November 15, 2010: Pacemakers May Help Predict Strokes
By tracking irregular heartbeats, device can alert doctors to heightened clot risk, study finds

June 09, 2010: Warfarin Safe During Heart Device Surgery: Study
Continuing to give the drug may even be beneficial, researchers say

June 02, 2010: Health Tip: Caring for a Pacemaker
Living with the device

April 12, 2010: Study Questions Use of Heart Device Implants in the Very Old
One-fifth of procedures performed in patients aged 80 and older, researchers say

March 04, 2010: Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked
Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

January 08, 2010: Common Radio Frequency Tag Readers Might Trouble Pacemakers
Found in store security tags, hotel keycards, toll booth sensors, researchers say

December 29, 2009: Study Questions FDA Approvals of Cardiac Devices
Review suggests evaluations are not as stringent as with new medications

December 16, 2009: Implanted Defibrillator Might Extend Life
Age should not be determining factor for use, expert says

December 15, 2009: Patients With Pacemakers Should Avoid MRI Scans
Study examines potential for injury when doctors decide benefits of imaging outweigh the risks

November 16, 2009: New Wiring Adds Risk When Replacing Pacemaker
Complications most likely when new lead is needed in heart devices, researchers find

October 06, 2009: Headphones May Threaten Heart-Device Performance
Implanted defibrillators, pacemakers may malfunction if headphones hang close to chest, study shows

July 23, 2009: Stem Cells Used for 'Biological Pacemaker'
In experiments with mice, researchers corrected electrical problems of the heart

March 06, 2009: Blacks, Hispanics Less Apt to Get Best Heart Failure Care
Disparity exists even though more minorities than whites meet criteria for cutting-edge treatment