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Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Questions for Your Doctor About Sudden Cardiac Arrest¹

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Print and share: Newly diagnosed with increased risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest? Use your browser’s print function or the email button to share these questions with your doctor.

  • What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
  • What is an arrhythmia?
  • What did my test results reveal?
  • What are my treatment options and which option do you recommend for me? Why?
  • What are an ICD and an S-ICD?
  • When is an S-ICD needed?
  • When could an S-ICD be an option?
  • Can I choose which type of device I want to have implanted and can I make this choice myself?
  • Can the S-ICD tell the difference between non-fatal arrhythmias and life-threatening ones like ventricular fibrillation?

Other questions to explore:

  • About the S-ICD
  • About Your S-ICD Implant Procedure
  • About Living with the S-ICD
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An S-ICD is a defibrillator implanted subcutaneously without leads touching the heart. Use the hospital locator tool to find S-ICD follow up centres and physicians trained in the S-ICD technology.

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