Lifesaver doesn't touch the heart

Photo by Joel Koyama, Star Tribune

[Star Tribune, November 28, 2012] At Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, on Tuesday, Francis Valek became the first Minnesotan to be implanted with Boston Scientific's subcutaneous implantable ICD (S-ICD) -- the world's first defibrillator that does not connect to the heart with wires.

In fact, the device delivers its jolt without actually touching the heart at all. A lead runs beneath the skin from the device to just above the breastbone. Read the entire story at

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