An implantable cardioverter defribrillator does what external defribrillators do: an ICD shocks a stopped heart to restart it. Unlike the paddles on the television medical dramas, the tiny battery-powered ICD detects cardiac arrhythmia and then responds with a jolt of electricity. ICDs have saved many lives but the presence of the device and the medical trauma leading to implantation can have a psychological toll. Anxiety and depression can be bi-products of the stress, despite the fact that ICDs have been shown to lead to a high quality of life.
Dr. Samuel Sears is one of the world’s leading experts on the psychological aspects of ICDs. His research and his outreach has helped thousands of people with ICDs.
But ICD Coach isn’t about Sam. It’s about you, the ICD patient. It’s about the courage that was required to overcome a deadly condition, to reach out t o friends and family, and forge an even better life. ICD Coach is about peace, vitality, and love. It’s about being a survivor.