Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)
The surgery to implant an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is usually quick, and most individuals can return to their everyday activities after a reasonable recovery time. However, each person's experience with an ICD is different. Allow yourself some time to adjust, and discuss your recovery goals with your doctor or nurse.
While you're healing from your heart device implant surgery, you may experience some discomfort. Everyone heals at a different rate.
There may also be some limits on moving your arm closest to the implant until the leads have appropriately secured themselves. Your doctor will provide more detailed information on what type of movements and lifting is allowed, as well as when you can get back to normal activities.
After your heart device has been implanted and you have recovered from the implant surgery, a schedule of post-implant device checkups, as prescribed by your doctor, will become a regular part of your life.
You will usually continue to see your heart doctor for overall treatment and management of your condition. He or she will monitor your heart medications and assess changes in any symptoms that you may be experiencing.
In addition, your doctor may decide to send you to a doctor who specializes in monitoring individuals with heart devices. Because your implanted device contains a computer chip, your doctor or clinician is able to use a special computer called a programmer to check (or interrogate) your device.
Medtronic CareLink® Network can provide convenience through remote monitoring of your Medtronic heart device. Ask your doctor if the Medtronic CareLink service is available and would be right for you.
Receiving a heart device can be a positive experience, but it can also cause stress. Below are some tips to help individuals with heart devices and caregivers cope with receiving an implanted heart device, courtesy of healthcare psychologist Wayne Sotile, Ph.D.
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.