An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a device implanted in the heart to monitor the heartbeat, and it also reboots the heart with electrical impulses. ICD is indicated in patients with left ventricular dysfunction due to myocardial infarction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sustained ventricular tachycardia, recurrent ventricular tachycardia, etc. The drawbacks of the surgery are infection at the implant site, swelling, bleeding, damage to the veins, etc.
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Query: Hi doctor, My sister was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy during her pregnancy. Her age is 31 and weight is 55. She delivered a baby girl through normal delivery. 2D echo report says 20%-25% heart function (LVF). But she is not having any external symptoms like swelling, breathing problem, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Before I answer your questions in detail, I would like to tell you that if she is totally symptom-free and her ejection fraction (EF) is 20-25%, please do get another echo done from an independent reliable source to confirm the diagnosis. The condition peripartum cardi... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, Could you let me know if an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator can cause AFib? Please explain. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Implantable defibrillators are implanted to terminate an episode of atrial arrhythmia. AFib (atrial fibrillation) is also a type of atrial arrhythmia. The ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) not only provides treatment for atrial arrhythmias but also for v... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My father is 59 years old. Eight years back he had heart attack and the next year he underwent CABG. Presently, he is feeling uncomfortable and got an angiogram and cardiac PET/CT imaging done. It stated that he has severe LV dysfunction of more than 30 percentage. He also has severe c... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These procedures in modern science are done according to guidelines. So according to ACC (American College of Cardiology) or AHA (American Heart Association) guidelines indications for ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) placement are under two broad categories ... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, My husband was just diagnosed with congestive heart failure with 25% ejection fraction. They also found an artery 100% blocked, but his own body made another vein and they discovered it is viable, so no bypass surgery is needed. They also discovered his mitral valve is stiffened, and no... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query madam. Good to know you are worried about your husband. Yes, alcohol and steroids do cause harm to the heart. Make sure your husband never uses these suicidal drugs again, as now he has an ejection fraction of only 25%. Coming to the mitral valve... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 25 year old woman. About three months ago, I started having ectopic beats and palpitations. It made me quite worried, because they were definitely something new. I have a family history of sudden death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. So, I decided to have an echo and a 24 hour ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As there is a family history of HOCM (hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy) in the family and sudden death, you need to do echo yearly. Secondly, if symptomatic or left ventricular dysfunction is shown, then another option is to do ablation. So, find the focus and do a... Read Full »