Understand Your Options

An implantable defibrillator, commonly known as an ICD, is a device designed to provide lifesaving therapy in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. Transvenous ICDs require one or more electrical wires to be placed through your veins into your heart. When the ICD senses a dangerously high heart rate, it will send an electrical pulse to your heart to reset your heart’s normal rhythm and allow your heart to resume pumping blood through your body—this is known as defibrillation. ICDs have been used for decades and have prolonged hundreds of thousands of lives.

Today, there are two types of ICDs being implanted: 1) traditional transvenous ICDs and 2) the Cameron Health S-ICD System. Both types of ICDs administer defibrillation therapy. However, the S-ICD System avoids the potential for short- and long-term complications associated with placing an electrical wire in your heart.

Traditional ICDs

Traditional ICD

Traditional ICDs administer shocks through one or more electrical wires attached to the heart. Using x-ray imaging, the electrical wires are fed through your veins, into the heart, and across the heart valve. Once in place, the wires are attached to the heart wall.

The S-ICD System

Cameron Health S-ICD System

Similar to traditional ICDs, the S-ICD System also provides lifesaving defibrillation therapy whenever it is needed. In contrast, the S-ICD System is implanted just under the skin with no wires implanted in the heart.

The S-ICD System is the only implantable defibrillator that doesn’t touch the heart. Learn more about this exciting new technology.

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