INTEGRIS Heart Hospital Pioneers Use of New Heart Defibrillator: S-ICD® System
INTEGRIS Heart Hospital at Baptist Medical Center is the first facility in Oklahoma City to offer the Boston Scientific S-ICD® System., the world’s first and only commercially available subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) for treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).
Sudden cardiac arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. Most episodes are caused by the rapid and/or chaotic activity of the heart known as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Recent estimates show that approximately 850,000 people in the United States are at risk for SCA and need an ICD, however, remain unprotected.
The S-ICD® System is designed to provide protection from SCA as traditional ICDs. However, the entirety of the S-ICD System sits just below the skin without the need for thin, insulated wires-know as leads- to be placed into the heart itself. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, providing a new solution for both physicians and patients.
There are two main components to the S-ICD System:
- Pulse Generator: powers the system, monitors heart activity and delivers shock if needed.
- Electrode: enables the device to sense the cardiac rhythm and serves as a pathway for shock delivery when necessary.
Both components are implanted just under the skin- the generator at the side of the chest and the electrode beside the breastbone. Implantation with the S-ICD System is straightforward and can be done using only anatomical landmarks which removes the need for fluoroscopy (an X0ray procedure that is required for standard leads to be placed in the heart).
Benefits of the S-ICD System:
- Eliminates potential for vascular injury
- Reduces potential for systemic infection
- Preserves venous access
- Avoids potential complications associated with endovascular lead implantation or extraction
The S-ICD System is intended to provide defibrillation therapy for the treatment of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias in patients who do not have symptomatic bradycardia, incessant ventricular tachycardia, or spontaneous, frequently recurring ventricular tachycardia that is reliably terminated with anti-tachycardia pacing.
The S-ICD® System is and effective option for a majority of ICD candidates.
To reach INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, please call 405-949-3499.