The Entirely Subcutaneous Defibrillator (S-Icd): State of the Art and Selection of the Ideal Candidate

Author(s): Elia De Maria, Alina Olaru, Stefano Cappelli

Journal Name: Current Cardiology Reviews

Volume 11 , Issue 2 , 2015

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The traditional transvenous defibrillator has been one of the greatest advancement in Cardiology in the last 30 years and has demonstrated to reduce arrhythmic and total mortality in selected patients. However the traditional defibrillator can have a high price to pay in terms of complications, the “weakest link” being the transvenous/endocardial leads. The entirely subcutaneous defibrillator (S-ICD) has recently entered into the clinical scenario and represents a valid alternative to the transvenous device. S-ICD can provide substantial advantages, especially among some subgroups of patients (i.e. after device infection, in young patients and arrhythmogenic syndromes). However, given its characteristics, it is fundamental to choose patients that can benefit the most. In this review we will describe advantages and limitations of the SICD and point-out how to select the “ideal candidate” for the implantation.

Keywords: Subcutaneous defibrillator, sudden cardiac death, ventricular arrhythmias.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 24 December, 2014
Page: [180 - 186]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1573403X10666140827094126
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