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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Last updated: 28 Oct 2010

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