This summer, Nathan Strutt conquered Mt. St. Helens. Two years ago he wasn’t sure he’d be able to climb stairs, much less a mountain.

Nathan suffered cardiac arrest at age 27.

Fortunately, Nathan was brought to the Heart Institute at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and received a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD).

“I was the first in Oregon to receive this device,” said Nathan. “I really appreciated that Providence gave me the opportunity to consider a new technology. They were very clear about all the advantages and risks of using a new version vs. an older model. I always felt I was being given all the information I needed to make a proper decision.”

Your support was essential for the early adoption of the S-ICD technology. The S-ICD, about the size of a deck of cards, is installed under the skin, below the armpit. A wire goes under the skin across the chest to the midline and up toward the neck. If it detects a change in Nathan’s heartbeat, the S-ICD can deliver a shock to get his heart back in rhythm.

“Most of the time I forget that the device is there,” explained Nathan. “It really doesn’t affect my life.”

Nathan and his fiancée climbed Mt. St. Helen’s at the end of August. “The hike was tough, but we made it to the rim,” he said. “It was a beautiful day for the climb.”

Thanks to your support of Providence Heart Institute, Nathan doesn’t need to worry about being near an ER and can fully enjoy his life. And yes, even climb mountains.