Recovering heart patients avoiding surgery

Dr Hendrik Zimmet

Dr Hendrik Zimmet

Epworth HealthCare cardiologist Dr Hendrik Zimmet fits a life-saving new vest to forty-two year old Shane Anwyl in an Australian first.

Mr Anwyl had suffered a serious heart problem and the vest is fitted with a defibrillator that activates immediately upon sensing a problem.

The vest is worn for three months following a heart event (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation), the most dangerous period for recovering heart patients.

Watch the story on Channel 7 News.