Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (S-ICD) at Drexel Cardiology
For patients at risk for cardiac arrest, Drexel Cardiology now offers subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (S-ICD), a new, less invasive heart defibrillator, recently approved by the FDA.
The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a unique device that is placed under the skin and provides defibrillation therapy without actually touching the heart. For patients who can't tolerate standard defibrillators, or those at increased risk of infection, the S-ICD offers an effective alternative treatment for life-threatening rapid heartbeats. Because of its placement, the S-ICD offers patients more mobility after implant and a lower risk of systemic infection.
"I know someone who has the kind [of defibrillator] with the leads and I was scared of that. I feel much better about this one. It's one heck of a step in technology."
Robert Dougherty, S-ICD patient
Drexel cardiologists and physicians at Hahnemann University Hospital have performed more than a dozen subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator procedures and are among the few clinicians in the nation who are participating in a post FDA-approval study, evaluating the long-term efficacy of the device.
Unlike standard defibrillators, the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator currently can only be used to treat rapid heartbeats like ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. For hearts that beat too slowly, Drexel Cardiology offers standard defibrillators that can also act as pacemakers, adjusting the pace of the heart.
"This is the biggest breakthrough we've seen in cardiology since the invention of the VAD (ventricular assist device) in the 1980's."
Steven P. Kutalek, M.D., director of cardiac electrophysiology and associate chief of the Division of Cardiology at Drexel Medicine
Drexel Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Specialist
Steven P. Kutalek, MD
Specialties: Cardiology, Arrhythmias, Heart palpitations, Defibrillators, Lead extraction, Atrial fibrillation
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