Experimental device could have big impact on heart patients

May 4, 2011 2:50:09 PM PDT
Implantable defibrillators save lives, but there are risks associated with them.

A new type of defibrillator that's less invasive may help reduce those risks without compromising effectiveness.

These devices, also known as ICDs work by detecting and correcting abnormal heart rhythms. They do this through a sensor that is placed directly in the heart.

The newer devices are implanted just under the skin instead of in the heart.

According to a report presented at an International Meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society, the new device performed with 100 percent accuracy.

This new ICD is already in use in Europe but not yet approved in the U.S.