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Leaves the Heart

The S-ICD™ System is a Subcutaneous (under the skin) Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator for people who are at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) or Ventricular Tachycardia (VT).

Unlike a transvenous ICD, which leads are fed into the heart through a vein and attached to the heart wall, the electrodes of the S-ICD System are placed just under the skin and not in the heart, leaving the heart and veins untouched and intact.

You Are Not Alone

S-ICD Patients Share Their Story

Learn from the experience of people who’ve had an S-ICD implantable defibrillator fitted.

Rob’s Story

Rob’s Story

I made the choice for the S-ICD. For me, not touching the heart was very appealing.

Rob’s Story Video

Learn about Rob’s experience of having his S-ICD fitted and how he now lives a full and active life again. Rob is an S-ICD patient, based in Son, Netherlands, who was recently diagnosed with a genetic heart disorder...

Jane’s Story

Jane’s Story

…living with the S-ICD afterwards hasn't changed my life at all, except it may well have prolonged my life.

Jane’s Story Video

Jane is a university lecturer based in Oxfordshire, UK, who frequently travels internationally for her work commitments. Hear Jane discuss what led to her diagnosis and treatment and how her S-ICD doesn’t interfere with her daily activities and family life...

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1 What are an ICD and an S-ICD?

An implantable defibrillator, commonly known as an ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator), is a device designed to administer lifesaving defibrillation (an electric shock) in the event of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). When an ICD detects a dangerously fast heart rhythm, it sends an electrical pulse (electric shock) to the heart to …

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2 Why do I need the S-ICD System if I have already experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?

Although you have already experienced SCA, you are still at risk for having another episode. It is estimated that about 95% of people who have a SCA without an ICD die before reaching hospital.

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3 When is an S-ICD needed?

If you are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), your doctor may recommend a totally subcutaneous implantable defibrillator, called the S-ICD System. The S-ICD System is a new device that sits just under your skin — constantly monitoring your heart — ready to deliver treatment if SCA occurs.

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4 What is sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)?

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating because of an underlying irregular or abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). SCA can happen at any time to anyone of any age. SCA is a serious condition, which if not treated within minutes, can lead to death. PBB p2 It …

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S-ICD Stories

Discover what doctors and patients have to say about the S-ICD.


At EUROPACE 2015, a global medical conference held recently in Milan, Italy, the second generation Subcutaneous ICD has been selected as the most innovative product in the sector of cardiac electrophysiology for patient care improvement. An international panel of experts, scientists and physicians, gathered as a jury to review the competing products, discuss their added-value …

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Visit to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris. What a clever formula. A timeless fantasy world that generations have grown up with, combined with spectacular attractions for the bigger kids & adults. In Fantasyland, all ‘new parents’ immerse themselves in childhood memories together with their toddlers. A feast of recognition from your own childhood. My kids are 6 and 10 …

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Customer visit

Today I have an appointment with a customer who develops and manufactures microelectronics. It is a fast‐growing organization in a really high‐tech environment. They have invited me to talk to them about developing a new website. It sounds like fun. I report to the reception desk where I receive a visitor’s badge.

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Mountain biking

Every Sunday morning I go mountain biking in the forest with a few friends. We are all in our late thirties and early forties, but we still feel like young gods and also behave that way. We want to give it our all, and we especially want to be the fastest. Boys …

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