Reasons for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
Why Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is Performed
Alternate Names for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator:
Automatic cardioverter/defibrillator implantation
The ventricles are the larger, lower chambers of the heart. Irregular rhythms can keep the heart from pumping blood to the rest of the body. The brain and vital organs are at special risk. It can also cause sudden cardiac death (SCD) or a cardiac arrest . Some irregular rhythms that may require an ICD implant include:
- Bradycardia -heart beating too slowly
- Ventricular tachycardia -heart beating too rapidly
- Ventricular fibrillation -heart muscle not pumping, but just quivering
ICDs are implanted in patients who:
- Have survived one or more episodes of serious irregular heart rhythms
- Are heart attack survivors at high risk for future arrhythmias
- Have a weakened heart muscle (dilated cardiomyopathy), which places them at risk for dangerous arrhythmias
- Have the condition known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart muscle that does not function properly)
- Have a high likelihood of developing an irregular heart rhythm
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