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Can implantable cardioverter defibrillator cause AFib?

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Answered by

Dr. Rishu Sharma

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At November 18, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 2, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Could you let me know if an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator can cause AFib? Please explain.

Answered by Dr. Rishu Sharma

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 ventricular arrhythmias and rate-responsive dual-chamber pacing for the treatment of bradycardia. The pacing attempts to gain control over the arrhythmia by interrupting the pathway of the atrial arrhythmia and uses low energy pacing, which usually goes unnoticed by the patient. In cases when ATP (anti-tachycardia pacing) is successful, the patient may not even be aware that they have had an arrhythmia until their device follow-up. So, the answer to your question is that ICD cannot cause atrial fibrillation until and unless it is implanted incorrectly; instead, it will automatically terminate an episode of atrial fibrillation.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Rishu Sharma
Dr. Rishu Sharma

Cardiology

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