“The easiest way to understand it is it’s kind of like having a life jacket for your heart, it’s always there listening to protect me.”
New advances in implantable defibrillators have spawned a new device which can reset a racing or irregular heartbeat, without wires threaded through the veins of a heart.
And a 45 year old man from Squamish is the first in B.C. to receive it.
It’s called the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or S-ICD for short.
Unlike a traditional ICD, this new technology has wires run under the skin and up the ribcage, without directly connecting wires to the heart, eliminating its invasive nature.
Mike McLellan has a heart arrhythmia and says the S-ICD can detect if there’s something wrong.
“It has software and hardware inside of it that listens to my heart and can differentiate between exercise versus tachycardia or an irregular heartbeat that can create sudden cardiac arrest and possibly kill you.”
It’ll only deliver an electric shock when the heart’s in distress, but McLellan admits he hopes it never fires, saying he’s told it feels like a kick from a horse.
For more information on the S-ICD and a video tutorial on how it works you can visit the Boston Scientific website behind the technology here.