What is the LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator?

The LifeVest® wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) is worn by patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). A defibrillator is a device that is used to control dangerous heart rhythms by applying an electrical shock to the heart. While some defibrillator devices are implanted under the skin, LifeVest is a wearable defibrillator and is worn directly against the patient’s skin. The LifeVest WCD provides a constant safeguard against SCD.

Why do I need the LifeVest WCD?

Your doctor believes that your current condition puts you at risk for developing a life-threatening heart rhythm, which could cause you to become unconscious and unable to call for help. This could lead to sudden cardiac death. Your doctor prescribed the LifeVest WCD to protect you from SCD so that you can continue to be there for your family.

On any given day, tens of thousands of patients around the world are protected from sudden cardiac death by wearing the LifeVest WCD, which is effective with a 98% treatment success rate and a low rate of inappropriate treatments.1, 2, 3 LifeVest should give your loved ones peace of mind knowing that you are protected from SCD at all times.4

1 Chung M et al. Aggregate national experience with the wearable cardioverter-defibrillator: Event rates, compliance and survival. J Am Coll Cardiol 2010;56:194–203.

2 Klein HU, Meltendorf U, Reek S, et al. Bridging a temporary high risk of sudden arrhythmic death: Experience with the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD). Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2010;33:353-367.

3 Kutyifa V, Moss AJ, Klein H, et al. Use of the wearable cardioverter defibrillator in high-risk cardiac patients: Data from the prospective registry of patients using the wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WEARIT-II Registry). Circulation 2015;132(17):1613-1619.

4 Whiting J, Simon M. Health and lifestyle benefits resulting from wearable cardioverter-defibrillator use. The Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management 2012;1–2.