Current state of knowledge and experts' perspective on the subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator

Massimo Santini, Riccardo Cappato, Dietrich Andresen, Johannes Brachmann, D. Wyn Davies, John Cleland, Alessandro Filippi, Edoardo Gronda, Richard Hauer, Gerhard Steinbeck, David Steinhaus

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ICD implantation is today a well-recognized therapy to prevent sudden cardiac death. The available implantable devices at present need the use of permanent endocavitary leads which may cause, in some instances, serious troubles to the patients (lead dislodgement, ventricular perforation, lead infections, etc.). A new implantable defibrillator provided by only a subcutaneous lead is at present under evaluation. Its potential indications, usefulness benefits, and problems represent an interesting field of investigation and discussion. This paper describes the conclusions recently reached by a panel of experts, with regard to the potential role of an implantable subcutaneous defibrillator in the prevention of sudden cardiac death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-88
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • ICD
  • Subcutaneous ICD
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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