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.
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Your Healthcare Team

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