Benefits & Risks ICDs For Tachycardia


As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks with implantable cardiac device therapy. Talk to your doctor to determine if implantable defibrillator therapy is right for you.


An ICD is designed to treat dangerously fast heart rates. It continuously monitors the heart and restores the heart to its normal heart rate. 


Risks associated with an ICD implant include, but are not limited to:

  • Infection at the surgical site and/or sensitivity to the device material
  • Failure to deliver therapy when it is needed
  • Receiving extra therapy when it is not needed

After receiving an ICD, you will have limitations with respect to magnetic and electromagnetic radiation, electric or gas-powered appliances, and tools with which you are allowed to be in contact.

Your doctor should discuss all potential benefits and risks with you. Although many individuals benefit from the use of this treatment, results may vary.