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First Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator approved one year ago

First Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator approved one year ago | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

One year ago the first Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator (S-ICD) System was approved by the FDA.  A defibrillator provides an electric shock to the heart (defibrillation) for the treatment of an abnormally rapid heartbeat that originates from the lower chambers of the heart (ventricular tachyarrhythmias)

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

There was great enthusiasm that this simpler to implant system might find significant adoption for patients that need implanted defibrillators.  Some patient groups, such as young patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were considered to be good candidates for the features and benefits of this less invasive approach.  But, to date, in my practice, referring to several different arrhythmia specialists in eastern Massachusetts I have not seen one of these devices implanted.  The adoption is slow for a variety of reasons, but unfamiliarity and uncertainty about long term results are likely the biggest contributors to this slow commercial uptake.

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5 biggest medical breakthroughs of the year

5 biggest medical breakthroughs of the year | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
The most notable medical advances of 2012.

A leadless, subcutaneous defibrillator makes the list of 5 biggest medical breakthroughs of the year.

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