BRIDGEPORT— A cardiac patient at St. Vincent’s Medical Center has received Fairfield County’s first implantation of the Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICD), a new life saving procedure for irregular heart rhythms.


Cardiac electrophysiologist Joseph Tiano, MD, successfully implanted the new S-ICD device at the Medical Center in March. He is the third physician in the state of Connecticut to perform this operation and the first in Fairfield County.


The S-ICD System gives new hope to many living with life-threatening forms of ventricular fibrillation, or V-Fib. It is the world’s first and only implantable device that provides defibrillation therapy without touching the heart. It detects very fast and disorganized heart rhythms, known as ventricular tachyarrhythmia, and provides electrical therapy to restore the heart’s normal rhythm, preventing possible sudden cardiac arrest.


“This latest advance will be a tremendous benefit to those patients who might not normally be able to undergo the implantation of a device due to other conditions or overall physical frailty,” said Tiano. “This new technology gives patients with life-threatening heart rhythm irregularities another less invasive and safer option.”