Understanding ICDs – Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
An ICD – implantable cardioverter defibrillator – is a pager-sized device placed in your chest which detects and stops abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The ICD continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary. In the following video, Dr. Farris Timimi provides background and considerations to help determine if ICD therapy is right for you.
If you have an ICD, do you feel like you have the the equivalent of a paramedic sitting on your shoulder, always ready to “shock” the heart back to normal rhythm and prevent cardiac arrest? Or, are you worried with questions like, “What are the risks of having an ICD implanted?” “What does a shock feel like?” “Will I have to change my lifestyle?”