A Tragic Case of Wearable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Failure

Ariel Vinas, Debanshu Roy, Cynthia Saunders, Auroa Badin, Manoj M. Panday, Jayasree Pillarisetti

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The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines recommend a wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) for certain conditions or scenarios. WCD is felt to provide adequate protection against ventricular arrhythmias. This case highlights failure of a WCD to detect and deliver life-saving therapy and the need for improved detection algorithms. (Level of Difficulty: Beginner.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)322-326
Number of pages5
JournalJACC: Case Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • TruVector detection algorithm
  • ventricular fibrillation
  • ventricular tachycardia
  • wearable cardioverter defibrillator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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