Article from Morgan Hill Times

Jennifer Trejo, a 32-year-old Morgan Hill mother and wife, survived a sudden cardiac arrest Aug 12—thanks to the quick actions of her husband Efron who immediately performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.

After being transported to Regional Medical Center of San Jose, Trejo was diagnosed with “long QT syndrome,” an often congenital disorder of the heart's electrical system, according to a press release. The disorder can cause fast, chaotic heartbeats that can sometimes lead to sudden death.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think something like this would ever happen to me,” Trejo said. “So going through this and still being here, I definitely will cherish each day and each moment.”

Since Trejo's condition leaves her at risk for another unexpected cardiac event, Regional Cardiologist Dr. Sanjay Bindra implanted a new Boston Scientific wireless defibrillator called the S-ICD (subcutaneous-implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) under her left arm to protect her heart. A small insulated wire called a lead was threaded from the device up Trejo's chest just under her skin. It will sense if Trejo's heart stops again and automatically shock it back into rhythm.

“Defibrillators have been around for decades,” Bindra said. “But the S-ICD is unique because unlike the most common transvenous ICD's, this system leaves the heart and vasculature untouched by wires.”

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