The event will feature two speakers that are currently living and thriving thanks to their ICDs. Matt Noble has survived five episodes of sudden cardiac death, all before age 18. Since then, he wrote an autobiography titled "One Beat at a Time," and travels around the country sharing his story. Sara Meslow is also an ICD recipient and she uses her experiences to help kids with heart disease. She is the director and founder of Camp Odayin in Stillwater, Minn. This camp specializes in giving kids with heart conditions a safe environment to enjoy summer activities. Sara is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m., and Matt at 11:10 a.m.
Samuel Sears, Ph.D., will speak at 1:30 p.m. He is a nationally recognized expert in improving quality of life after receiving an ICD, and is an associate professor at the University of Florida Health Science Center. Other speakers include Dr. Kushal Handa and Dr. Christopher Pierce, cardiologists at MeritCare Heart Center.
- An ICD is a small battery-powered electrical impulse generator that is implanted in patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death.
- ICDs constantly monitor patient's heart rate and rhythm, and can deliver an electrical shock when the heart activity becomes abnormal.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States and on average kills one person every two minutes.
- According to the Heart Rhythm Society, ICDs are the most successful therapy to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
- For more information visit meritcare.com; keyword: ICD.