Hospital No:519- 685-8300 Ext 35866
Web Site: www.londoncardiac.ca
339 Windermere Road
London, Ontario, N6A 5A5
Internal Cardioverter / Defribrillator
Your ICD implantation Risks
As in any medical procedure, there are
The ICD implantation operation is
risks that you should be aware of. The
performed at the hospital (London Health
Sciences Center-University Campus). ICD overall risk of complications is only 1-
implantation is a small operation that involves 2%. The risks are:
being admitted the day of the procedure and • Collapsed Lung
usually you will go home the next day. • Bleeding / bruising
In preparation for the operation, you will • Damage to heart and/or blood vessels
be given basic instructions by hospital staff.
• Lead detachment
Usually, you will be asked not to eat or drink
anything the morning of the operation. Someone • Blood clots in vein
What is an ICD? else should drive you to the hospital and take you • Mild pain at the implant site
An ICD (short for “implantable
home afterwards. If you are taking medications,
cardioverter defibrillator”) is a device please ask the hospital staff contacting you if it is
that is used to treat people who are at all right to take your pills the morning of the Q. How long will my ICD last?
risk for dangerous rapid heart racing operation. A. Most ICD’s will last at least 5 years!
known as ventricular tachycardia (VT) Q. How often does it need to be
or ventricular fibrillation (VF). After you arrive at the hospital and checked?
check in at the Admitting Department, you will A. After 1 week, 1 month, 2 months, 3
come upstairs to the Heart Unit. You will be met months, 6 months, then annually.
Parts of your ICD by a nurse who will help you change into a Q. Do I have to be checked in London?
hospital gown, place your valuables in safe- A. No. We can sometimes transfer your
ICD’s are made up of a generator keeping and place you onto a hospital stretcher. records to a clinic that is more convenient
(battery) and one or more leads (wires). Everything will be checked in preparation for the for you if that clinic can manage ICD’s.
The generator contains the battery and operation. The staff will start an intravenous Q. I am on blood thinners. Does that
computer circuits. A ICD lead may be usually in the back of your hand. A doctor will matter?
placed in the upper or lower chamber of explain the procedure to you, including the risks A. Yes. Please let us know!
your heart or in both places. The tip of of the operation. If you are comfortable with the
the lead is placed against the inside wall explanation provided, you will be given the
of your heart and the other end consent form to sign which gives permission for
connected to the generator. This allows the doctor(s) to implant the ICD. You will
the generator to send small electrical receive take-home information as well.
impulses to pace the heart or large
electrical shocks to stop dangerous heart