Diagnostic Tests & Procedures
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Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation

Dying suddenly from a lethal heart rhythm is the most common cause of death in the United States.  ICDs save lives by delivering rescue therapy to people who suffer from these otherwise fatal rhythms. The device, which is smaller than a deck of cards, is typically implanted in fewer than 90 minutes in a specialized electrophysiology suite located in a certain area hospitals. Patients stay overnight in the hospital and are discharged by noon the next day. 

What to expect:

  • Before the procedure
    You will first meet with the implanting physician in the office who describes the procedure in detail, including the risks and benefits. Once all of your questions are answered, your procedure will be booked over the next few days with the appropriate hospital. Some hospitals require an initial pre-operative evaluation by their staff and will make those arrangements with you. Your doctor may adjust your medications prior to the procedure.  We ask that you not eat or drink after midnight before your implant.
  • The day of the procedure
    When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your procedure, you will be taken to a pre-operative holding area where your day will begin. After you change, an intravenous line will be placed and gentle fluids will be administered. You will then be taken to the procedure suite and greeted by a team of physicians and nurses who will care for you.  Importance is placed on privacy and comfort during the procedure. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area and finally to your hospital room.
  • After the procedure
    Patients are typically discharged by noon the following day. Discharge instructions and follow-up appointments are provided before leaving. Patients are instructed to call our office at anytime with any concerns or questions.
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