cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) helps protect you against dangerous heart
rhythms. It's important to know how this device works and how to keep it
working right. Learning a few important facts about ICDs can
help you get the best results from your device.
You may have a device that combines an ICD with a pacemaker, which keeps your heart from beating too slowly. For more information on pacemakers, see Heart Problems: Living With a Pacemaker.
- Avoid strong magnetic and electrical fields.
These can keep your device from working right. Most office
equipment and home appliances are safe to use. Learn which things you should
use with caution and which you should stay away from.
- Know what to do when you get a shock from your ICD.
- Be sure that
any doctor, dentist, or other health professional you see knows that you have an
- Always carry a card in your wallet that tells
what kind of device you have. Wear medical alert jewelry that says you have an
- Have your ICD checked regularly to
make sure it's working right.
- It's common to be anxious that the ICD might shock you. But you can take steps to think positively and worry less about living with an ICD.