Renee’s Story: New Lifesaving Implantable Defibrillator

Renee was shocked when she found out she was at risk for sudden cardiac death; she had no symptoms. A family history and exam showed she had a hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  When she spoke with Andrea Russo, MD, they decided Renee was a perfect candidate for a new device called a  subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator (S-ICD). This device, the first internal defibrillator of its kind, has no leads touching the heart and is less visible on the body than a traditional ICD. Now, several months since her surgery, Renee talks about her decision to get this lifesaving device and how it never stops her from doing the things she loves.

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