Wearable Defibrillator May Help Some Heart Patients, Duke University Medical Center Study

A vest containing a defibrillator may be an option for some heart patients who can't use an implantable defibrillator -- the device that can shock the heart back to a proper rhythm if needed.

That's the conclusion of the first science advisory on the devices just issued by the American Heart Association. The advisory, however, cautioned that there are still big gaps in knowledge about the devices and they should only be used as a short-term option for specific patients.

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