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URMC Docs Chime in on Hit Show “Homeland”

The long-awaited third season of the hit show “Homeland” is finally underway, but some haunting scenes from season two remain on viewers’ minds. One such scene is when main character Nicholas Brody hacks the computerized defibrillator implanted in the vice president’s chest and kills him.Characters from the show Homeland.

New York Times science writer Gina Kolata asks doctors if this scenario is realistic, or something that could only happen on TV – a question that hits home for former vice president Dick Cheney, who had a defibrillator for years before receiving a heart transplant last year.

Cardiologist Arthur J. Moss, M.D., who has led several major studies on the safety and effectiveness of defibrillators – devices designed to detect and correct potentially fatal heart rhythms – says, “It is almost an infinitely small risk.” He adds, “But with the type of terrorism going on now, anything is possible.”

His colleague Spencer Z. Rosero, M.D., who regularly implants defibrillators and resets them when necessary, notes that “Over the years, manufacturers have added features that make it harder and harder to get into the software.”

Read the full New York Times story here.

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Emily Boynton | 10/29/2013

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