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Minerva Cardioangiologica 2017 Jul 10

DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4725.17.04468-1

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Prevention of sudden cardiac death: from wearable to subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillator

Stefano VIANI , Ezio SOLDATI, Andrea DI CORI, Luca SEGRETI, Luca PAPERINI, Raffaele DE LUCIA, Giulio ZUCCHELLI, Maria G. BONGIORNI

Cardiology Unit, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Department, Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, Pisa, Italy


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The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is today an indisputable evidence-based treatment for cardiac sudden death both in primary and secondary prevention. However many clinical conditions that would represent an indication to ICD implantation, according to guidelines, may be potentially reversible or may be accompanied by temporary contraindications to the implant. Moreover transvenous cardioverter defibrillator implantation still carries a not negligible risk of complications both acutely and at follow-up. The Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator and the Subcutaneous Defibrillator are two recently developed technologies that can potentially overcome the aforementioned limitations of traditional transvenous ICDs. This review will discuss the main aspects of these 2 technologies, the data coming from clinical experiences and future perspectives.


KEY WORDS: Wearable cardioverter defibrillator - Subcutaneous defibrillator - Sudden cardiac death

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Article first published online: July 10, 2017
Manuscript accepted: July 7, 2017
Manuscript received: July 5, 2017

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Viani S, Soldati E, Di Cori A, Segreti L, Paperini L, De Lucia R, et al. Prevention of sudden cardiac death: from wearable to subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillator. Minerva Cardioangiol 2017 Jul 10. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4725.17.04468-1

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s.viani@ao-pisa.toscana.it