Most individuals work hard to take care of their heart throughout their lifetime. They will get regular exercise, eat a healthy diet and try to keep stress at a minimum. When they begin to deal with a health problem, they will consult with a physician in order to begin treating the problem. There are a variety of tools, medications and devices that can be used to help individuals who are dealing with heart problems. One such tool is the implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD. ICD implantation can be lifesaving.
What is an ICD?
This is a device that is placed under the skin to track a patient’s heart rate. It contains a small battery pack that keeps the device powered. Very thin wires are connected from the device to the patient’s heart. When a person begins to experience an abnormal heart rhythm, the device delivers an electric shock to the heart. This typically restores the normal heartbeat. It is extremely useful when a person’s heart is beating too fast or in chaotic rhythms. The electric shock can help the heart to return to a steady, healthy rhythm.
The ICD has been extremely useful in preventing death in individuals who have heart problems that have been diagnosed by our physician. They prevent heart attacks in individuals who are considered to be high risk.
Who Are Good Candidates for ICD Implantation?
Before receiving an ICD implantation, the patient must meet the standards that have been set out by the American Heart Association. This organization has recommended that before a patient can receive an ICD, their irregular heartbeat or heart problem must be considered life-threatening. The doctor would have ruled out causes for their irregular heartbeat problems that can be treated. They would have ruled out a heart attack, an inadequate flow of blood to the heart, drug toxicity and electrolyte imbalance.
When to Consider ICD Implantation
At Cardiology Consultants of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, our doctor will work closely with you to decide when an ICD implantation is best for your particular situation. He may recommend this device if you have had a heart attack, have a congenital heart disease, if you have ventricular arrhythmia, if you have long QT syndrome or if you have Brugada syndrome. This device can save lives, and it has proven to do so time and again. Work closely with our doctor in order to find out if an ICD implantation is right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.