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Cardiac arrest

Current definition

March 2020

Cardiac Arrest - with insertion of a defibrillator

Sudden loss of heart function with interruption of blood flow around the body resulting in unconsciousness and the undergoing of, or inclusion on the NHS waiting list for, surgery to insert either of the following devices:

  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD); or
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy with Defibrillator (CRT-D).

The following are not covered:

  • insertion of a pacemaker; and
  • insertion of a defibrillator without cardiac arrest.
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We've added advanced surgery benefit so that we now pay out on inclusion on NHS surgery wait list.

 

Previous definitions

November 2015

Cardiac arrest – with insertion of a defibrillator

Sudden loss of heart function with interruption of blood flow around the body resulting in unconsciousness and either of the following devices being surgically inserted:

  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD); or
  • Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy with Defibrillator (CRT-D).

The following are not covered:

  • insertion of a pacemaker; and
  • insertion of a defibrillator without cardiac arrest.