Vest-style Defib Jumpstarts The Heart

By Colorado Public News

For thousands of Coloradans at serious risk for a sudden heart attack, some doctors and patients say a high-tech vest that literally jumpstarts the heart can be the difference between life and death.

The brand name “LifeVest” is a battery-operated defibrillator that heart patients wear under their clothes 24/7. The device was federally approved a decade ago, but is increasingly being prescribed by doctors for at-risk heart patients and those waiting for surgery.

 

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