An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered electrical impulse generator which is implanted in patients suffering from ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. ICD detects cardiac arrhythmia and corrects it.
The doctor may recommend an ICD because of the following:
Had a Ventricular Arrhythmia
A history of previous Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
Non-sustained VT on Holter monitoring
Inducible VT on electrophysiological testing
Left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction < 35%, Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy.
Under the skin of the chest or abdomen, often below the collarbone a battery-powered pulse generator is implanted in a pouch. The size of the generator is about the size of a pocket watch. There are wires or leads which run from the pulse generator to positions on the surface of the heart or inside of the heart and can be installed through blood vessels, eliminating the need for open chest surgery.
Check your pulse and keep a record of it the way your doctor tells you.
Your doctor will check your device every three to six months.
Take your medicine the way your doctors tell you.
Follow all doctors’ advice..
Carry an I.D. card with you so others know you have an ICD.
Tell airport security that you have an ICD.
Household microwaves, electric appliances, most office and light shop equipment will NOT affect your ICD.
If you work around industrial microwaves, electricity, cars or other large motors, ask your doctor about possible effects..
You can use a cell phone, if you take these steps:
Hold the phone to the ear on the side of your body opposite from your ICD.
When your phone is on, try to keep it at least six inches away from the device. For example ,Don’t carry your phone in your chest pocket over your device.
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