Modern Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) have built-in features to protect them from most types of interference produced by other electrical devices you might encounter in your daily routine. However, since they are implanted to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and can deliver therapeutic shocks, it is prudent to pay attention to your physician’s instructions and try to avoid sources of disruption.
If you have an artificial ICD, always:
- Be aware of your surroundings and the devices that may interfere with pulse generators.
- Carry your ICD ID card to prove that you have an ICD. Download the ICD Wallet ID card.
- Tell healthcare professionals you have an ICD before they start any test or procedure using medical or electronic devices.
- Notify the doctor or nurse where you work that that you have an ICD.
- Move away from or turn off any equipment you suspect of interfering with your ICD. Your ICD will rarely be permanently damaged and will resume its normal activity. Inform your healthcare provider of any concerns regarding your device.
- When in doubt, consult your doctor.
Also in this Section:
- Learn what an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is, how it works and other considerations
- Living with your ICD
- Print this free ICD wallet ID card and carry it in your wallet
- Questions to ask your doctor
This content was last reviewed September 2016.