Study of athletes suggests intense activity with defibrillators OK for some
From: CTV News
New research is challenging medical guidelines that say people with a heart-zapping device in their chests should avoid intense sports like basketball and soccer in favour of golf or bowling.
Lots of patients ignore that take-it-easy advice and stay in the game, and Monday's findings suggest vigorous exercise may be safe for many of them after all.
A registry tracked 372 people who stuck with competitive sports after having a defibrillator surgically implanted to guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats -- and found that the lifesaving device worked when needed despite the physical exertion.