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Cardiac Vests

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“Started having some chest pain and it was kind of a burning feeling and it was pretty much intense and I thought you know this doesn't feel right.”

61-year-old Dwain Spradlin was having a heart attack and found out he had two arteries that were 99% blocked.

Cardiologist Dr. Christopher Boylan put stents in to open up the arteries. But that wasn't all...

“He says I do want to order this life vest to put on you because you're kind of in a situation where this would be the best thing for you.”

The life vest is a wearable defibrillator that is worn by patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. It's non-invasive and delivers treatment shocks if an irregular heart rhythm is detected. 

Eight days later the life vest saved Spradlin's life.

“The next thing I knew I was waking up on the garage floor and I hear this siren that's going off and this voice saying ‘you've been treated, you need to contact your doctor.’”

“The life vest did save his life and if he had not had the life vest on he likely would have died due to ventricular fibrillation, which is often a fatal rhythm.”

Dr. Boylan says he's ordered the life vest for nearly 40 patients but, “he is the first one to actually require lifesaving therapy from it and that makes it all worthwhile just to have that one.”

Spradlin is counting his blessings and he's very thankful he was wearing the life vest.

“It did exactly what it's supposed to do, I was in a deadly situation if nothing was done, I would have died.”

The life vest is not a permanent solution for sudden cardiac arrest patients. 

Spradlin had an internal defibrillator put in and so far he is doing great. The life vest is covered by most health plans. 

An estimated 1,000 deaths per day are due to sudden cardiac arrest. Currently, the life vest is only available in four countries, in Europe, Israel, Japan, and of course the United States.

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