At the next Research on Tap, join us for a discussion about a life-saving device that some reject. Dr. Robert Gilmour, UPEI’s vice-president of research will lead a discussion entitled: Is your life worth it? The science and ethics of implantable defibrillators.
“More people die each year from the lethal heart rhythm disorder ventricular fibrillation than from any other cause,” says Dr. Gilmour. “The only reliable way to stop fibrillation once it has begun is a large electrical shock to the heart, or defibrillation.”
Doctors can implant a small, pacemaker-like device to sense fibrillation and automatically deliver the life-saving shock, but some patients decide against it.
The discussion begins at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 5 in The Pourhouse, above The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse in Charlottetown.
Research on Tap features public discussions with UPEI researchers. For more information, contact Dave Atkinson at 620-5117, or email@example.com.