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.

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