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LifeVest defibrillator saves life of local resident

July 16, 2012

A Borger resident is the first in the panhandle saved by a wearable defibrillator during his sleep.
Shawn Fraley, 54, of Borger, was recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy.
His physician Dr. Rajesh Nambiar was concerned he was at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
Instead of leaving him unprotected, he prescribed a LifeVest, a wearable defibrillator that patients wear under their clothes which monitors the heart 24 hours a day and seven days a week for Fraley.
Two weeks after Fraley visited with Dr. Nambiar, he went into sudden cardiac arrest while he was sleeping at home.
The LifeVest immediately detected the life-threatening heartbeat and delivered a shock that saved his life.
His wife, who had seen the entire event, called 911 and Shawn was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
“If I hadn’t had the LifeVest on, there’s no question about it, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Fraley.
His biggest goal is to get better so that he can get back to the golf course to continue his favorite hobby.
The LifeVest is for a range of patient conditions, such as before or after a heart attack, before or after bypass surgery or stent placement, as well as cardiomyopathy or congestive heart failure, that put patients at risk. The LifeVest is prescribed to more than 60,000 patients in the U.S.
For more information about the LifeVest, visit www.zoll.com.

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