Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered device placed on the chest to monitor heart rhythm and to detect irregular heartbeats. It works by delivering electric shock through one or more wires connected to the heart to fix abnormal heart rhythm. It prevents sudden death in patients having sustained ventricular tachycardia.

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What are the side effects of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator?

Query: Hello doctor, Could you let me know if an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator can cause AFib? Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

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 »

Kindly suggest an alternative treatment for ICD.

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 »


Dr. Prashant Valecha

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 »

I have a family history of HOCM. Is this something to worry?

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 »


Dr. Vivek Maroti Celerio Mandurke

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 »

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