Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and LifeVest Saving Lives in Challenging Scenarios
Corresponding AuthorDomenico Facchin
Cardiology Division, Department of Cardiothoracic Science, Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Friuli Centrale Santa Maria della Misericordia, Udine, Italy
A B S T R A C T
Introduction: According to guidelines, ICD should be implanted in selected patients for primary or secondary prevention. The increasing number of procedures leads to a growth of infective complications. Case Summary: We report two cases of ICD implantation complicated with severe infections. The first procedure was complicated by endocarditis and septic shock, the second one by septic shock. After antibiotics and ICD explantation, a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) was used as a bridge to subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD). Conclusion: These two cases demonstrate the benefits of the S-ICD, but also the chance to treat high-risk patients with WCD as bridge-to-procedure, allowing full recovery before a new implantation.
Article TypeCase Report
Publication historyReceived: Thu 27, Aug 2020
Accepted: Fri 11, Sep 2020
Published: Thu 12, Nov 2020
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