Informatics Research Seminar: Beyond the Device: Comprehensive Care of the ICD Patient

October 29 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Samuel F. Sears, Jr., PhD
Presented from East Carolina University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) has emerged from clinical trials as “the treatment of choice” for potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias. However, cardiac illness and device-based care such as ICDs may prompt symptoms of anxiety and depression. Health information from these devices provide windows on patient psychological and behavioral status. Examples from recent East Carolina research will be described.   Specific clinical strategies for affecting ICD shock patients’ quality of life will be presented.


Samuel F. Sears, PhD is a nationally recognized expert in the psychological care and quality of life outcomes of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) patients and has published well over 100 articles in the medicine and psychology research literature on the psychological aspects of cardiology. He is the founder of the smart phone app, “ICD Coach,” which is the first ever app for cardiac patients focused on successful coping. Dr. Sears is the 2013 winner of the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest honor given to a faculty member in the University of North Carolina system thought to have “made the greatest contribution to mankind.” Dr. Sears continues to practice and teach health psychology in cardiology clinics at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC. Dr. Sears received his undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical health psychology from the University of Florida.