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ICD for Life

Eastern Initiatives

Sudden Cardiac Death and Resuscitation

In response to the fact that prevention of sudden cardiac death (SCD) has become one of the major socio-economic problems in the region of Eastern Europe and that the Eastern Europe shows significant disparity in the current health care, the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) decided to focus more of its attention and resources on this and issues.


The key to decreasing the disparities in health care in the region of Eastern Europe may be the increase of awareness of the danger of sudden cardiac death in all respected communities, such as medical professionals (arrhythmologists and physiologists in general) and patient association, as well as among industry partners, health insurance providers, health care policy makers and media and general public.

Awareness has become very important as new and very effective therapies such as Implantable cardioverters-defibrillators (ICD) have appeared during last several years and, therefore, a need for support of the modern treatment of sudden cardiac death grew up.

In order to increase the awareness, EHRA has developed a platform called “ICD for Life”.

  • ICD Awareness Week:  More information available here. 


Improving ICD implantation rates in emerging European countries and protecting survivors of sudden cardiac death from another event
Prof Goran Milasinovic and Prof Bela Merkely talk about the ICD for Life initiative at ESC Studio


European Society
of Cardiology

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CS 80179 BIOT
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Cedex France