Several of our hospitals now offer a new option to patients with heart rhythm abnormalities — the revolutionary subcutaneous ICD, an implantable defibrillator, recently approved by the FDA.
Implanted just under the skin, there’s less chance of infection and it may help you resume an active lifestyle.
A new, less invasive heart defibrillator recently approved by the FDA is now an option for patients who may be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. The device, which cardiologists are calling a breakthrough treatment, is known as S-ICD, which stands for subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is an abrupt loss of heart function. Most episodes are caused by the rapid and/or chaotic activity of the heart known as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
Recent estimates show that approximately 850,000 people in the United States are at risk of SCA and are indicated for an ICD device but remain unprotected.
The S-ICD System is designed to provide the same protection from SCA as traditional transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
However, the entirety of the S-ICD System sits just below the skin without the need for thin, insulated wires – known as leads – to be placed into the heart itself. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, providing a new exciting solution for both physicians and patients.
The S-ICD System has two main components:
(1) the pulse generator, which powers the system, monitors heart activity, and delivers a shock if needed, and
(2) the electrode, which enables the device to sense the cardiac rhythm and serves as a pathway for shock delivery when necessary.
Both components are implanted just under the skin—the generator at the side of the chest, and the electrode beside the breastbone.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted regulatory approval for the S-ICD System in September 2012. To date, more than 2,000 devices have been implanted in patients around the world.
The S-ICD Procedure is offered at:
- Delray Medical Center
- Florida Medical Center
- Good Samaritan Medical Center
- Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
- Palmetto General Hospital