Getting an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are a possible defense against sudden cardiac death. Implanting this device doesn't require open-heart surgery. You are sedated throughout the procedure and a local anaesthetic is used.

Factors Your Doctor May Consider

Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for an ICD.

Your Healthcare Team

Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with tachycardia. A good first step is to see your GP.

Surgery: What to Expect

Your healthcare team will walk you through the surgical process, which includes important steps before, during, and following the procedure to implant an ICD.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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