Levinson Heart Hospital at Chippenham Hospital is proud to offer our patients an alternative to traditional Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) to treat conditions ranging from irregular heart rhythms to cardiac arrest. The subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD) is a new option for patients at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and those who have had a traditional ICD removed. The S-ICD provides reliable defibrillation without leads in the heart, leaving your heart completely untouched. Using groundbreaking technology to sense the heart rhythm, the S-ICD can quickly detect and correct abnormal heartbeats. Unlike traditional ICDs, the S-ICD System is implanted under the skin, creating a more discrete option while also leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched.
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ICDs are recommended for patients who are at risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). SCA can strike without warning. Often people who experienced it felt fine moments before. The below risk factors can contribute to the risk of SCA.
- Previous heart attack – 75% of SCA victims have scarring in their heart muscle from a prior heart attack.
- Coronary artery disease – 90% of adult victims have plaque in two or more major heart arteries (coronary arteries).
- Other heart problems – when SCA occurs in young adults, other rare heart conditions are likely the cause, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
The S-ICD is a new option to the traditional ICD, allowing for a more discrete device placement with electrical wires that never touch the heart.