Welcome healthcare public relations professionals to the online resource kit for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, recognized in the United States annually every October. Materials on this page have been provided as a courtesy by the Medtronic public relations team for your use in developing materials for media or supporting their requests for information.
Please note: Medtronic is required by regulatory authorities to provide complete, balanced information about the benefits and risks of our products, which is included in the documents provided on this website. We request that you include this information as well when communicating with your audiences about Medtronic products.
This website is provided for use by public relations professionals at hospitals. It is not for media use.
Therapy awareness programs are designed to provide greater patient access by partnering with experienced clinicians to:
Contact Darrell Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more or holding a therapy awareness program in your community.
Fair Balance for ICD systems including leads and programmer:
Additional device information
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) system delivers therapies to treat patients with heart rhythm disorders or who are at significant risk of developing heart rhythm disorders. An ICD is placed inside your body and works automatically.
Risks associated with an ICD system implant include, but are not limited to, infection at the surgical site and/or sensitivity to the device material, failure to deliver therapy when it is needed, or receiving extra therapy when it is not needed. After receiving an ICD system, you will have limitations with magnetic and electromagnetic radiation, electric or gas powered appliances and tools in which you are allowed to be in contact.
Treatment with an ICD system is prescribed by your physician. This treatment is not for everyone. Please talk to your doctor to see if it is right for you. Your physician should discuss all potential benefits and risks with you. Although many patients benefit from the use of this treatment, results may vary. For further information, please call the Medtronic toll-free number at 1-800-551-5544, x41835 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday, Central Time) or see the Medtronic website at medtronic.com.
American Heart Association. CPR Facts & Stats. Accessed June 4, 2021.