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The ICD will be programmed at this time and tested to make sure that it is working properly. Because the testing will involve electrical shocks, you will be given some medicine to make you sleep during this time.
Patient Information Q: What is an ICD? ›WHAT DOES AN ICD DO? such as an enlarged heart (dilated ›WHAT IS INVOLVED? An implantable cardioverter-deﬁbrillator cardiomyopathy) or a thickened Implanting your ICD will probably (ICD) is an electronic device that con- heart muscle (hypertrophic cardio- take 1 to 3 hours. You will be given stantly monitors the rate and rhythm of myopathy) medication to make you numb and a your heartbeat. It can help if your heart • A person who has a heart defect that sedative that will put you in a relaxed beats too fast. If the rhythm of your makes the heart beat abnormally. state. You will be aware of what is hap- heartbeats is very irregular and your pening, but you should not feel pain. heart cannot supply enough blood to ›WHAT PROBLEMS DOES AN The ICD will be programmed at this the rest of your body, an ICD can help ICD ADDRESS? time and tested to make sure that it you. By recognizing and stopping life- An ICD can correct several problems: is working properly. Because the test- threatening problems with your heart- • When your heart beats too slowly, ing will involve electrical shocks, you beat, an ICD can save your life. the ICD sends out small amounts of will be given some medicine to make energy to make your heart beat at a you sleep during this time. You will ›HOW DOES AN ICD WORK? normal pace. In this way, it acts just probably stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 An ICD is really an amazing computer. like a pacemaker. days after surgery, and the device will It is small (about the size of a pager) and • When your heart beats too fast, the probably be evaluated one more time can be easily put into your chest. The ICD sends out small amounts of before you leave the hospital. You will device works by sensing when your energy to make it beat at a normal not have to be asleep for this or any heart is beating abnormally—too fast, too pace and with a normal rhythm. other checks done later. slow, or too irregularly. If this happens, • If your heart is beating in a seri- After the procedure, you may have the ICD will send out electrical shocks ously abnormal rhythm, the ICD some pain for a few days or possibly to make the heart beat normally. You can deliver more energy to return weeks. You will be given some pain may have seen heart paddles being used your heart rhythm to normal. medication when you leave the hospi- on TV to shock an unconscious person • If your heart is beating dangerously tal. After that, nonaspirin pain reliev- who has no heartbeat.
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