There is a choice, and obviously an implant is going to be less cumbersome than wearing one on the outside, but for those circumstances or to use until surgery can be done, this is an alternative solution.
During the clinical studies, the vest had saved 6 lives. I like the part that you get notified before the shock goes out, so you can change your mind if you want. If you are not conscious, you get the shock. BD
The LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator is a new treatment option for sudden cardiac arrest that offers patients advanced protection and monitoring as well as improved quality of life.
The LifeVest is the first wearable defibrillator. Unlike an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), the LifeVest is worn outside the body rather than implanted in the chest. This device continuously monitors the patient's heart with dry, non-adhesive sensing electrodes to detect life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms. If a life-threatening rhythm is detected, the device alerts the patient prior to delivering a shock, and thus allows a conscious patient to disarm the shock. If the patient is unconscious, the device releases a gel over the therapy electrodes and delivers an electrical shock to restore normal rhythm.
Who Can Benefit from the LifeVest System?
The LifeVest is a new treatment option for patients who are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) or sudden cardiac death (SCD). Potential patient groups who may benefit from the LifeVest technology include:
- Post-Myocardial Infarction (MI) patients with complications
- Cardiac surgery patients with complications
- Heart-transplant waiting list patients
- Advanced heart-failure patients
- Patients undergoing drug loading with potentially pro-arrhythmic medications
- Patients who need an ICD, but have a condition that prevents or delays surgery (such as an infected ICD pocket)
- Patients who simply do not want to undergo surgery or have an implant