New Technology Behind LifeVest® Wearable Defibrillator Saves the Life of Utah Man in Cardiac Arrest

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Dr. Adam Elhaddi of Jordan Valley Medical Center prescribed the use of this wearable defibrillator to a heart surgery patient at risk of another cardiac event

Jordan Valley Medical Center is now utilizing the wearable defibrillator by LifeVest® as a treatment option for sudden cardiac arrest. When a patient wears this device, it continuously monitors heart rhythm and can detect any life-threatening abnormalities. If an abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the device will alert the patient before delivering a treatment shock to restore normal rhythm to the heart.

Dr. Adam Elhaddi of Jordan Valley Medical Center and the Heart and Lung Institute of Utah prescribed the LifeVest® to 49-year-old Jorge Orozco of Kearns, Utah after he experienced a heart attack, which damaged his heart muscle and weakened his cardiac function. “Although Mr. Orozco received a coronary stent to restore blood flow to his heart, I was concerned that he may still be at risk of another cardiac emergency, “ said Elhaddi. “As a precaution, Mr. Orozco was instructed to wear the LifeVest® under his clothing at all times.”

Recently, Orozco experienced sudden cardiac arrest while he was sleeping. His heart rate spiked into a dangerously rapid rhythm, causing the heart chambers to quiver, which prohibits oxygen-rich blood to reach the brain and body. Orozco’s LifeVest® detected the arrhythmia, sounded an alarm, and delivered a treatment shock that restored normal heart rhythm. Orozco’s son heard the alarm and called 911. Orozco was transported by ambulance to the hospital for further treatment.

“I want to thank my doctor,” said Orozco. “He and the LifeVest® saved my life.”

About Jordan Valley Medical Center
Jordan Valley Medical Center is a 183-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Jordan, Utah. Jordan Valley Medical Center is equipped with the most advanced medical technology and offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, cardiac care, orthopedic care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, sports medicine, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. With an experienced medical staff of more than 600 and a dedicated health care team, Jordan Valley Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. Jordan Valley Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. For more information, visit jordanvalleymc.com or call 1-866-431-WELL (9355). Follow Jordan Valley Medical Center on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jordanvalleymedicalcenter.

About The Heart and Lung Institute of Utah
The Heart and Lung Institute of Utah works in partnership with IASIS Healthcare Utah hospitals to provide high quality, specialized care for cardiac, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep disorders. With a team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and pulmonary and critical care specialists, the Heart and Lung Institute of Utah aims for the highest standards of health care in order to bring about long-term patient success.

About the LifeVest® Wearable Defibrillator
The LifeVest® is the first wearable defibrillator. Unlike implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) that are implanted under the skin on the chest, the LifeVest® is worn outside the body at all times. The LifeVest® continuously monitors a patient’s heart, and, if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected, the device sounds an alarm before delivering a treatment shock. This device can be used for a wide variety of conditions, including weakened heart function after a heart attack, pre- or post-bypass surgery or stent placement, and congestive heart failure. For more information about the LifeVest®, visit http://www.zoll.com.

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