The American Heart Association understands that living with an ICD can be scary, especially if you made the decision quickly due to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). You need to know that you are not alone or without support.
“A shock from an ICD can be lifesaving, but it can also affect a person’s quality of life and psychological state,” said Sandra B. Dunbar, R.N., D.S.N., Charles Howard Candler Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta. “It’s important to look at this issue now because 10,000 people have an ICD implanted each month. They range from older people with severe heart failure to healthy children who have a gene that increases the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.”
Fortunately, research has shown that ICDs can improve quality of life and extend life. You may live more confidently with an ICD by understanding more about the conditions that led to implantation, the device itself and what to expect from having it.
- Learn what an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is, how it works and other considerations
- Print this free ICD wallet ID card and carry it in your wallet
- Devices that may interfere with an ICD
- Questions to ask your doctor
- Download and print our Answers by Heart sheet: What is an ICD?
This content was last reviewed on 10/23/2014.