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Getting the Therapy
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are a possible defense against sudden cardiac death. Implanting this device doesn't require open-heart surgery. You are sedated throughout the procedure and a local anaesthetic is used.
Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for an ICD.
Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with tachycardia. A good first step is to see your GP.
Some individuals with tachycardia may be eligible for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), an implantable heart device that will monitor and correct an irregular rhythm.
You may want to speak with your doctor about whether this is an option for you and/or if you should be referred to a heart rhythm specialist such as an electrophysiologist (EP) for a consultation.
Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with tachycardia. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor or GP. Continue to work with your doctor to manage all aspects of your total healthcare. He or she may advise you to see one or more of these specialists to manage your heart condition:
Your specialist will typically send back full reports to your GP who knows your entire medical history and is a key partner in the long-term management of your heart condition.
Implanting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is not an open-heart procedure. Before the surgery medication is usually given to make you sleepy and comfortable. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
You will usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day with instructions on caring for your incision. For a short time after surgery, your doctor may want you to limit how much you move the arm that is closest to the implant site.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.