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Fortis Escorts Heart Institute (FEHI) introduces the first external ICD in India.

Date : February 21, 2016

Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman – Fortis Escorts Heart Institute led the introduction of yet another life- saving technology for the first time in India; a wearable defibrillator called ‘LifeVest’, which treats cardiac arrest and saves lives especially after a massive heart attack.

Karan Nanda, a 37-years young man suffered a massive heart attack while playing football and was transferred to FEHI in a shock state, on a ventilator and heart support devices. He suffered multiple cardiac arrests and was revived. He underwent an emergent angioplasty to open up blocked artery by Dr Seth and his team and gradually over next three weeks recovered to survive. While Karan Nanda feels normal now and is gradually resuming back to his daily life and activities, the massive heart attack puts him at risk for further sudden cardiac arrest for a period of next couple of months after which his risks could get lower. Hence, the permanent and conventional implantable defibrillator (ICD) was not implanted and he was given this wearable defibrillator. The ‘LifeVest’ is an innovative life saving device wearable like a ‘baniyan’ practically throughout the day as the patient resume his daily life and activities with ultimate protection of life as it would treat a cardiac arrest effectively were it to happen. Karan Nanda is now able to return to his daily life and goes to work as well as for walks with the device constantly sensing his heart rate and rhythm and ready to deliver treatment and save his life when and if a situation arose. The ‘LifeVest’ has been used in three young victims of heart attack over last 6-months, all three have been between 25-40 years young and suffered massive heart attack.

The LifeVest is prescribed for patients at risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD), including patients suffering from cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure that places them at particular risk. The device is an interim protection while the SCD risk has not been established and the treating doctor requires time to assess the patient’s arrhythmic risks and to plan the best treatment procedures.

The device is lightweight, worn like a vest and allows the patient to return to their daily chores with ease while reducing the stress of a SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest). While the device continuously monitors the patient’s heart it is also designed to delivers a treatment shock to restore normal heart rhythm if a lifethreatening heart rhythm is detected.

For More information please contact:

Ajey Maharaj: +91 9871798573

Vidya Pawan Kapoor: +91 9899996189

Priti Srivastava: +91 9910605271;

Rishu Singh, +91-9958891501

Neeraj Shorya, +91- 9911856010

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