The LifeVest® wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) is designed to protect patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), when a patient’s condition is changing and permanent SCD risk has not been established.
While some defibrillator devices are implanted under the skin, the LifeVest WCD is worn directly against the patient’s skin. It is lightweight and easy to wear, allowing patients to return to most of their daily activities with peace of mind that they have protection from SCD. LifeVest is designed to detect certain life-threatening rapid heart rhythms and automatically deliver a treatment shock to save a patient’s life.
LifeVest is used for a wide range of patients, including those who have a reduced heart function following a heart attack, before or after bypass surgery or stent placement, or for those with cardiomyopathy or heart failure that places them at particular risk. On any given day, tens of thousands of people around the world have protection from SCD by wearing the LifeVest WCD.