Personal Stories

Ivor's Story

Ivor was just completing a marathon two hour swim when his wife spotted him lying face down and not moving. As soon as she saw he’d stopped moving, she raised the alarm.

John's Story

John had already participated in three different heart-related drug studies when he heard about an implantable defibrillator study from his cardiologist. John says his implantable defibrillator gives him a great sense of security.

Ian's Story

As a football player and track athlete in high school, Ian says that he was able to do all of his workouts in sports, but walking up a flight of steps the next day in class was another story. "[The defibrillator] is there to protect you," Ian says.

Tracey's Story

The audience assumed Tracey's collapse was simply an actor's pratfall. No one dreamed a vibrant and healthy woman in her thirties would literally drop dead in front of them.

Today Tracey has an implantable defibrillator, programmed to deliver a lifesaving shock if she again experiences a life-threatening heart arrhythmia.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 28 Oct 2010

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