August 20, 2012 — Zoll Medical Corp. announced that physicians at all of the 17 “Honor Roll” hospitals and all of the 50 “Best Cardiology and Heart Surgery” hospitals designated by U.S. News and World Report for 2012-2013 have prescribed the Zoll LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator for patients.
The LifeVest is worn by patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), providing protection during their changing condition and while permanent SCA risk has not been established. The LifeVest allows a patient’s physician time to assess his or her long-term arrhythmic risk and make appropriate plans. It is lightweight and easy to wear, allowing patients to return to their activities of daily living. The LifeVest continuously monitors the patient’s heart and, if a life-threatening heart rhythm is detected, the device delivers a treatment shock to restore normal heart rhythm.
“Now for the fifth year in a row, physicians at all of the Honor Roll and Best Cardiology and Heart Surgery hospitals have prescribed the LifeVest to protect their patients from sudden cardiac death,” said Zoll CEO Richard A. Packer. “The role of the LifeVest as part of the continuum of care for patients at risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) continues to expand with the support from the physician leaders prescribing LifeVest at these premier intuitions and the continued education of the cardiology community about the importance of SCD screening.”
The LifeVest is used for a wide range of patient conditions or situations, including following a heart attack, before or after bypass surgery or stent placement, as well as for those with cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure that places them at particular risk. The LifeVest is covered by most health plans in the United States, including commercial, state and federal plans.
For more information: www.zoll.com