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Getting an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator


Implantable cardioverter defibrillators are the front-line defense against sudden cardiac death. Implanting this device doesn't require open-heart surgery. You are sedated throughout the procedure and a local anesthetic is used.

Is It Right for You?

Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for an ICD.


Your Healthcare Team

Several types of doctors specialize in treating people with tachycardia. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor.


Surgery: What to Expect

Your healthcare team will walk you through the surgical process, which includes important steps before, during, and following the procedure to implant an ICD.


Questions and Answers

You may have a variety of questions and concerns if your doctor has advised you that an ICD may be the best course of treatment for you.


Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received our products and therapies. You’ll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after treatment.


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.