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Woman shares pacemaker with her dog

19 August 2014, azcentral
Two years ago, Diane Hechtman of Scottsdale wasn't feeling well.

Her doctor found she had an irregular heartbeat, so Hechtman got a pacemaker.

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Logan woman becomes first Utah patient to get tiny new pacemaker

12 August 2014, The Salt Lake Tribune
Susan Thomas, 72, became the first patient in Utah to receive the new pacemaker, a Nanostim pacing device.

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New, Tiny Pacemaker Implanted Directly Into Heart

29 July 2014, Health News Digest
It's about the size of a large vitamin pill and, for the first time in Ohio, the smallest heart pacemaker available is being tested at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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British woman suffers from rare condition that makes her faint six times a day

18 July 2014 NY Daily News
Beth Joyce, 22, collapses on a regular basis due to Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, which has forced to drop some of her hobbies and affected her ability to work.

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Hand on CPR

10 July 2014, American Heart Association
Two steps to staying alive with hands on CPR.

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Florida Hospital performs first leadless pacemaker implantation in Florida

02 July 2014, Orlanda Business Journal
Florida Hospital electrophysiologists Dr. George Monir and Dr. Scott Pollak became the first in Florida to implant a leadless pacemaker, the hospital announced July 1

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Pacemaker Matching Heart Beats with Breathing

26 June 2014, International Business Times
A revolutionary pacemaker, which is being developed by University of Bath and University of Bristol, synchronises heart rate with breathing. The pacemaker gives a 25 per cent increase in pumping ability, suggested the pre-clinical trials. There is hope that this device could extend the life of patients with heart failure.

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Fainting and near-fainting both end the same: close is good enough in terms of your health

14 April 2014, medicaldaily.com
When it comes to typing search terms into Google, a close-enough spelling often leads to the exact same results as the perfect phrase. Now, a new study conducted by hospital researchers found the same may be true of fainting.

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Alexa Ray Joel collapses onstage during sold-out concert, says fainting was due to vasovagal syncope

14 April 2014, uk.eonline.com
The singer-songwriter collapsed onstage during her sold-out show at the Café Carlyle in New York City on Saturday night.

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Parkridge Announces First Use Of Miniature Cardiac Monitor, Reveal LINQ ICM

19 March 2014, The Chattanoogan.com
Parkridge Medical Center Tuesday announced that it is one of the first hospitals in Tennessee to implant the Medtronic Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor System in a patient, the smallest implantable cardiac monitoring device available.

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New evidence of autoimmunity in POTS!

17 March 2014, The Dysautonomia Dispatch
Big news this week in POTS research! Researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University have identified evidence of adrenergic receptor autoantibodies in a small group of POTS patients, suggesting that POTS may be an autoimmune condition in these patients.

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Tiny wireless pacemaker implanted at Cleveland Clinic is first in Ohio

03 March 2014, Cleveland.com
tiny wireless pacemaker, no bigger than a AAA battery, is now sitting inside Marlene Artale’s heart, delivering potentially life-saving jolts of stimulation whenever her pulse becomes dangerously low.

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PoTS impacts thousands, but is rarely diagnosed

25 February 2014, Northwestohio.com
PoTS can manifest itself in many different ways, but its hallmarks are a rapid drop in blood pressure, followed by a rapid increase in heart rate.

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PoTS disorder derails the young and healthy

21 February 2014, The Detroit News
Megan Scholl, 39, a physician's assistant at Troy Beaumont Hospital spent three months searching before she was properly diagnosed with POTS or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

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Doctors Implant First Leadless Pacemaker in New York Patient

17 February 2014, Time Warner Cable News
The first leadless pacemaker is implanted in a New York patient, without surgery. NY1’s health reporter Erin Billups takes a closer look at the groundbreaking new medical device and procedure.

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Feel woozy as you get out of bed? Your blood pressure could be dangerously low

12 February 2014, Daily Mail
Few of us feel like leaping out of bed in the morning. But Lynsey Sizer has no choice but to emerge slowly from the covers.

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First Leadless Pacemaker in United States Implanted into a Patient at The Mount Sinai Hospital

6th February 2014, Digital Journal
The Nanostim device, made by St. Jude Medical, is being tested for safety and efficacy in an international, multicenter clinical trial called LEADLESS II, which is planning to enroll 670 patients at 50 centers across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

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Man in need of pacemaker feels 'lucky' for family's help

20th January 2014, Charleston Daily Mail
Rusty Stalnaker was caught in a water crisis that delayed pacemaker surgery.

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Young Syracuse woman getting pacemaker surgery while 18-weeks pregnant

16th January 2014, CNY Central.com
Danielle Montagne of Liverpool experienced countless fainting spells as a teenager and for years doctors didn't understand why. After numerous tests, doctors installed a pacemaker when she was only 19-years-old.

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Dawson inspires swim team

15th January 2014, This Week Sports.com
Dawson has worked hard to become a solid distance swimmer despite having a pacemaker that sometimes makes it painful to swim.

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Medtronic, St. Jude Medical tout 'revolutionary' new pacemakers

13 January 2014, MPR News
New mini pacemakers from Medtronic and St. Jude Medical are expected to be more reliable and make the implant surgery less invasive.

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Medtronic implants tiny pacemaker inside patient's heart

13 January 2014, Minnepolis/ St. Paul Business Journal
Medtronic Inc. said Monday that it has completed the first implant of its Micra pacemaker.

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Miniature poodle receives canine pacemaker

09 January 2014, news-press.com
A lot of people don’t, nor are they aware that dogs and cats can also wear pacemakers, according to Dr Scruggs.

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Excellent medical care is a wonderful blessing

03 January 2014, The Buffalo News
I woke up in the University of Toledo Medical Center with a Biotronik Evia pacemaker in my 49-year-old body, 300 miles from my home in the Town of Boston.

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World’s Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Implanted without Surgery

13 December 2013, MIT Technology Review
New cardiac devices are small enough to be delivered through blood vessels into the heart

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Smallest pacemaker

11 December 2013, The Record Academy
Smallest pacemaker: Medtronic breaks Guinness World Records' record

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Energy Drinks Increase Heart Contraction Rate In Healthy People

2 December 2013, Huffpost Healthy Living
Caffeinated energy drinks can increase the heart's contraction rates in healthy people, according to a new study.

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Pacemakers and other devices keep the heart beating regularly

2 December 2013, The Wichita Eagle,
The most common device of this type is a pacemaker, which treats slow heart rates.

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N.S. mom upset over doctors' refusal to take part in study

21 November 2013, CTV News
A woman whose daughter died over six years ago from a treatable heart arrhythmia – a condition misdiagnosed by doctors – is speaking out.

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New smarter Medtronic pacemaker may cut future heart damage

19 November 2013, Chicago Tribune Health
A new generation of Medtronic Inc's EnRhythm pacemaker programmed to kick in only when heart rhythm disturbances are detected led to fewer deaths, hospitalizations and incidences of developing permanent heart problems than traditional versions of the device, according to data from a study.

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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) Clinic

8 November 2013
Addressing dizziness and associated problems in children and adolescents

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Pacemaker Okayed in Europe Is One-Tenth the Size of Those Used Now

4 November 2013, Singularity Hub
More than 4 million people around the world wear pacemakers. But it’s still a serious matter to have life-saving pacemakers installed and a limitation to live with one.

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Advocate educates about Sudden cardiac Arrest

30 October 2013 SanTan Sun News

ChristinePuricelli wants to see more changes in the community after losing her daughter.

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Simple exercises can prevent fainting

28 October 2013, Telemanagment
Just standing for too long at a party or in a queue can provoke a faint if you are vulnerable.

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West Lincoln senior paints shoes for autonomic research donations

24 October 2013, CharlotteObserver
Less than a year ago, Erica Miller, 17, didn’t know Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) existed. Now it’s changed her entire world. For starters, painting shoes is her big new hobby.

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Barack Obama catches fainting pregnant woman during speech

22 October 2013, The Telegraph
Barack Obama helped catch a pregnant woman when she became faint during his speech about the troubled Obamacare website, joking: "This happens when I talk too long".

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What is brain fog? An evaluation of the symptom in postural tachycardia syndrome

14 October 2013, ProHealth
Adolescents with postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) often experience ill-defined cognitive impairment referred to by patients as "brain fog." The objective of this study was to evaluate the symptom of brain fog as a means of gaining further insight into its etiology and potential palliative interventions.

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5 little known facts about fainting

10 October 2013, gulfnews.com
Fainting occurs when the blood pressure gets too low (hypotension) and the heart is not pumping a normal supply of oxygen to the brain. This is a temporary loss of consciousness due to this momentary insufficient blood flow to the brain and can occur in otherwise healthy people. The medical term for fainting or passing out is ‘syncope’.

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See cardiologist to discuss fainting

30 September 2013, Journal Gazette
During my training, one of the neatest things I learned was the fact that like an electrical circuit, the body, and particularly the heart, is electrified. Just as wires carry electric current from a wall switch to a lamp, electric current runs all throughout the body.

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Study: New implanted defibrillator works well without touching heart

16 september 2013, abc15.com
A new type of defibrillator implanted under the skin can detect dangerously abnormal heart rhythms and deliver shocks to restore a normal heartbeat without wires touching the heart, according to research in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation.

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Pacemaker for slow heart rhythm restores life expectancy

3 September 2013, Science Codex
Pacemakers implanted for slow heart rhythm restore life expectancy to normal levels, reveals research presented at ESC Congress 2013 today by Dr Erik O. Udo from the Netherlands.

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David Attenborough insists his pacemaker will not slow him down

19 August 2013, Express
The 87-year-old had a pacemaker fitted following advice from his cardiologist in June, which resulted in him having to cancel a planned tour of Australia.

However, in true Attenborough style, he has insisted that that operation will not see him cutting down his busy work schedule.

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Simple exercises can prevent fainting

15 August 2013, Telemanagement
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam reveal simple ways to prevent faints.

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Heart speaker stresses danger of fainting

9 August 2013, Perth News
Trudie Lobban is in Australia to launch a local branch of the charity Arrhythmia Alliance, which she started more than 20 years ago after her daughter became ill.

She says there is no such thing as a simple faint.

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Feeling faint often? 10 reasons not to neglect it!

8 August 2013, dna
Do you feel like you are about to faint, dizzy, light-headed, and weak? And this is not the first time you’ve felt it? Don’t neglect it, see a doctor. It could be anything from hunger to heart problems!

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Fainting: causes, symptoms and when to consult a doctor

31 July 2013, NBC News
Dr. Kevin Campbell discusses fainting on WNCN Today, including what causes it, what symptoms to look for and when to consult your doctor about it.

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Fainting in Heat

31 July 2013, NYTimes
With temperatures in the Northeast often in the 90s this summer — and the heat index sometimes surpassing 100 degrees — just standing on the street or on a steamy subway platform can place the body under excessive stress.

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Everyday foods from over-ripe bananas to cheese and beans could be to blame for your heart palpitations

23 July 2013, Mail Online
I kept having attacks where my heart was racing very fast and pounding in my chest,' says retired economist David, 78, who lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire, with his wife, Vera, 80, a retired academic.

'It usually happened an hour or so after meals - but the attacks would eventually pass so I didn't seek medical advice while we were away.'

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Dr Jeff Hersh discusses PoTS.

17 July 2013, Medford Transcript
When we lay flat, the blood in our body is at the same level as the heart, but when we stand up, most of our body (and the blood in it) is lower than this level. In order for the blood to flow back to the heart (so it can be pumped into the lungs to get loaded with oxygen and then pumped out to the body) it must overcome the gravitational deficit of being at this lower height.

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When your heart skips a beat

1 July 2013, The Hindu
Ever felt your heart skipping a beat? A missing beat by itself might not be significant but if you notice other symptoms like fatigue, weakness, fainting spells, and an inability to cope with the normal routine then you need to see your cardiologist for a complete assessment of your heart’s functions.

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New study highlights value of pacemaker treatment in syncope patients who fail a tilt-table test

27 June 2013, redorbit
By showing that NMS tilt-negative asystolic patients benefit most from cardiac pacing, the study inverts previous knowledge on indications for pacing. Prior to this registry, cardiac pacing for NMS had only been evaluated in patients with positive tilt test responses and no indications had existed for patients with negative tilt test results,” said Professor Michele Brignole, presenter of the study.

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New Pacemakers Monitor Breathing to Adjust Pacing

27 June 2013, medGadget
Three new cardiac pacemakers featuring RightRate technology that monitors the patient’s breathing to help adjust the pulses delivered to the heart.

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POTS patient raising money to receive treatment in Dallas

26 June 2013, mywebtimes
My passion and purpose in life is to help others," says Jackie Mamer, 24, of Ottawa.

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Pacemakers, rather than beta blockers, could be a better treatment for heart failure

24 June 2013, NEWSFIX
Many patients with heart failure may benefit more from having a pacemaker than being treated with beta blockers.

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Lady who has had a pacemaker all her life

21 June 2013, The Times Of India
The 31-year-old ad firm owner has been living with a cardiac pacemaker since she was born on October 10, 1981.

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Jersey to become an eHealth hub?

21 June 2013, Jersey Evening Post
Jersey has the potential to become a world leader in eHealth, says the Island's consultant cardiologist.

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Solider faints during the trooping of the colour

17 June 2013, Metro
The bandsman was taken off on a stretcher after collapsing at the event, which marks the Queen’s official birthday.

Standing for long periods of time can be common a trigger for syncopal episodes. If you have to stand still for long periods, then clench and unclench your calves or rock forward on the balls of your feet to encourage blood flow.
For further advice, see Dr Wieling’s film where he demonstrates useful counterpressure manoeuvres illustrating the direct effect they can have on blood pressure.

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Sir David Attenborough back at work and feeling fine after urgent pacemaker operation

14 June 2013, Mirror,
Sir David, 87, was fitted with a pacemaker on June 4, leading him to call off his Australia tour.

He has now been passed fit to fly to Australia for rescheduled tour dates in July.

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In-flight medical emergencies: syncope, respiratory, and gastrointestinal most common

6 June 2013, 2 Minute Medicine
Medical emergencies occur at a rate of approximately 16 emergencies per one million passengers; the most common of which are syncope, respiratory symptoms, or nausea/vomiting.

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VETERAN broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has undergone surgery to insert a pacemaker.

5 June 2013, News.com.au
A spokesman for the 87-year-old naturalist, who was forced to cancel a sell-out speaking tour of Australia because of the "urgent" procedure, said doctors believed that the TV star was doing well.

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Age, Syncope Predict Need for Pacemaker

5 June 2013, Medpage Today
Age, fainting, and asymptomatic bradycardia predict the need for a pacemaker in patients being monitored with an implantable loop recorder or a conventional ECG, researchers said.

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Model, 22, faces a lifetime of sitting down after being struck by a rare condition which means she FAINTS every time she stands up

31 May 2013, Mail Online
The 22-year-old suffers from a condition known as Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), which means that every time she stands up, her heart rate speeds up, causing her to pass out.

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iPAD 2s Can Interfere with Life-Saving Cardiac Rhythm Devices

16 May 2013, Heart Rhythm Society
New study presented at Heart Rhythm 2013 by California high school freshman found iPad 2s cause electromagnetic interference in 30 percent of patients with cardiac rhythm devices.

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CPD purchases defibrillator

15 May 2013, Chronicle Times
The Cherokee Police Department recently purchased an Automated External Defibrillator with monies granted to them by the Cherokee County Legacy Foundation.

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Syncope is more common than you think

29 April 2013, Sioux City Journal
A Sioux City woman in her 60s was playing golf in Phoenix on a 60-degree winter day when she suddenly collapsed to the ground.

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Fainting runs in families, new study says

16 April 2013, The NBC News
A study by Berkovic, published today in the journal Neurology, finds that fainting may be genetic, and for some families only one gene causes it.

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Blood pressure medication may cause fainting when used for other ailments

8 April 2013, Sun News
A drug commonly used to treat hypertension can cause lightheadedness and possible fainting in some patients, an international study led by the University of British Columbia claims.

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Hall's heart in right place at Wichita State

8 April 2013, Tampa Bay Times
Hall, the Wichita State forward, plays basketball as if he does not wish to waste a second of it. After all, it is a gift restored, a promise renewed. And so it is that Hall attacks the game as if, at any moment, the doctors might take it away again.

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Study of postural vasovagal syncope and neuropathic postural tachycardia syndrome

5 April 2013, Recruitment of participants

The Center for Hypotension is recruiting participants aged 14-29 years old for a study of postural vasovagal syncope (VVS, postural faint) and neuropathic postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Exact mechanisms of illness have remained elusive although our past work shows that with upright posture blood is excessively relocated from the central pool to the splanchnic vasculature in both VVS and neuropathic POTS. This occurs because blood vessel contraction (vasoconstriction) is impaired when upright. We hypothesize that impairment occurs because of excessive production of nitric oxide (NO) which reduces the ability of the nerves to produce vasoconstriction.


If you choose to participate, we will perform a type of testing called lower body negative pressure (LBNP) during which we use a vacuum to redistribute blood to your legs while you remain supine. This simulates many findings of upright postural stress. We will perform simple noninvasive tests. On other days we will also use a technique called intradermal microdialysis in which several tiny tubes are placed in the uppermost layer of the skin, while we simultaneously measure blood flow. Two 3mm biopsy samples will be obtained from the skin of your calf. In addition, we will be administering several drugs - L-NMMA, Phenylephrine, and Sodium Nitroprusside through an IV placed in your arm and combine this with LBNP, along with microneurography that measures Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity (MSNA) using an acupuncture-like needle placed in a nerve behind your knee. Testing will take place over 5 days and you will be reimbursed $150 per day.

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Dehydration can cause fainting, falls

2 April 2013, The Detroit News
Most of us are familiar with the advice to drink more water, but it should follow with "because if you don't, you will start fainting, particularly older people."

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Electrode vest gives hope to heart rhythm patients

2 April 2013, BBC News
Doctors are using special vests to precisely diagnose abnormal heart rhythms, in the first UK tests of their kind.

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Fainting first aid: These instructions could save a life

19 March 2013, NBC Latino
There is nothing more upsetting than someone fainting in front of you especially when that person is family or friend. While working in the hospital, there is nothing that gets my adrenaline flowing faster than when someone loses consciousness.

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Why Fainting Can Result from Blood Pressure Drug Used in Conjunction With Other Disorders

13 March 2013, Science Daily
A new study led by a Canadian research team has identified the reason why prazosin, a drug commonly used to reduce high blood pressure, may cause lightheadedness and possible fainting upon standing in patients with normal blood pressure who take the drug for other reasons, such as the treatment of PTSD and anxiety.

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Windsor Cat Receives Lifesaving Pacemaker

14 March 2013, The Windsor Star
Dan Beaudoin of Windsor, talks on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, about going to Michigan to have a lifesaving pacemaker implanted in his pet cat Tripod.

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Will WiFi affect my pacemaker?

13 March 2013, The Telegraph

We have had a desktop computer for many years, but I have recently bought a laptop and at the moment am only using it to play games. I would like to connect it to the Internet while away from home by using Wi-Fi but I have a pacemaker and am wary at any side effects this may cause.

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Mobile ECG Device for Heart Rhythm Monitoring Now Available by Prescription

11 March 2013, AliveCor

AliveCor announced today that its mobile Heart Monitor for iPhone is now available by prescription to enable patients to record their heart rhythm anytime, anywhere.

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NHS senior diagnosed with rare POTS disorder