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.

coming soon: Cardiac Coach

A sister website to will focus on a broad range of issues surrounding heart disease. Cardiac Coach’s team includes some of the world’s experts on ICDs and the rest of cardiac health.

Click here for bios of some of the team.

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What tools does ICD Coach provide to ICD recipients? How will ICD Coach make news understandable to the ICD community? Can ICD Coach address the needs of an ICD recipient's friends and family? How do I give suggestions and ask questions for ICD Coach TV?

The first aspect of ICD Coach is an iPhone app. The app will help ICD patients, their spouses, and their support network find the path to a happy and confident life. Check back for news on the app.

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