FDA Approves Wearable Defibrillator For Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on Dec. 17 the LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator for children. The new indication allows children at risk for sudden cardiac arrest – but not candidates for an implantable defibrillator – to use the device.

The LifeVest wearable cardioverter defibrillator is made of an electrode belt and garment that surround the patient’s chest, and a monitor worn around the waist. If an arrhythmia is detected, the LifeVest delivers a shock to restore a life-sustaining heartbeat.

Read the FDA announcement.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, CHD and Pediatrics and Arrhythmias

Keywords: Arrhythmias, Cardiac, Child, Death, Sudden, Cardiac, Defibrillators, Defibrillators, Implantable, United States Food and Drug Administration

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