Indications for a Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

Thomas A. Dewland, Jeffrey E. Olgin, Byron K. Lee

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The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) is an alternative antiarrhythmic device that provides continuous cardiac monitoring and defibrillation capabilities through a noninvasive electrode-based system. Although the WCD has been shown to be highly effective at restoration of sinus rhythm in patients with a ventricular tachyarrhythmia, randomized trials using the WCD in patient populations at elevated risk for arrhythmic death have not been reported. Clinical indications for WCD use are varied and continue to evolve as further experience with this relatively new technology emerges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-347
Number of pages9
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Arrhythmia
  • Fibrillation
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Ventricular tachycardia
  • Wearable external defibrillator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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