Upcoming Health Expert: Dr. Samuel Sears

Every once in a while, I will invite a medical professional or a health expert to the podcast of The Heart Warrior Project to help you as a cardiac arrest survivor live a better life. Whenever a new professional or health expert is about to appear on the podcast, I will give you the chance to ask a question you’d like me to ask that person. On the podcast, I will always make an announcement when another expert is about to come on the show, so don’t forget to follow the podcast to stay notified.

Questions are open until August 3, 2024.

Hey everyone, I am super excited to announce that, for the second time (watch/listen to the first interview: (Q&A) Psychologist Dr. Samuel Sears: Mental Health Challenges of Cardiac Arrest Survivors), I have the pleasure of welcoming board-certified clinical health psychologist, Dr. Samuel Sears, back on the show.

Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D., is a Professor of the Departments of Psychology and Cardiovascular Sciences at East Carolina University. He also serves as Associate Director of the ECU Cardiology Fellowship. Dr. Sears is considered by many as the world authority on the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). He has published over 200 articles in medicine and psychology research literature and has well over 10,000 citations. In 2021, Expertscape.com named Dr. Sears one of the top 50 experts/ prolific authors in the world on implantable defibrillators over the last 10 years amongst the 27,847 authors on the topic.

7 Responses

  1. Although it’s been nearly three years since my SCA I still get “flashbacks” and sudden jolts of how did I survive this without any physical damage (i.e. no heart damage, other organ damage, etc.)? I could hear everything going on before I was taken to the ER where I had “the big event”, but I could not respond. The squad thought I was drunk and did nothing, no BP, no glucose, no pulse ox and certainly not an EKG. The ED hooked me up to a 12 lead EKG and not 10 minutes later I had the SCA. Here I am, healthy and very much alive and the statistics are very grim. The attitude of the squad is what keeps coming back. Gender bias? I think so.

  2. I had a Boston Scientific ICD/Pacemaker D533 with accelerometer and respiration rate-adaptive pacing implanted two weeks ago. The adaptive feature is fantastic because of my chronotropic incompetence. I suspect this technology wasn’t available even a few years ago. Since we will all need devices replaced because of battery life, I assume there will be big advances in the technology over time. Will lead technology likely change too? Seems like leads would be difficult to remove after 8-10 years??

    1. Hey James, thanks for the question! I’m not sure this is within Dr. Sears’ expertise (he is a psychologist, not a cardiologist), but I’ll see if I can ask it in a different way.

  3. I was told by my electrophysiologist that I don’t need an ICD- My EF is around 35-40. But my SCA was idiopathic. He wants to see me again in a year. My cardiologist is going to have me wear an MCAT vest for. 2 weeks and keeps putting me on more medications. I don’t really want an ICD, but am really worried about Not having one and having another event. I live alone and its truly a miracle that I called 911 and called in time, I know I won’t be so lucky if it happens again.

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