How do I live a normal, healthy life with an ICD? continued...
Talk with your doctor about the possibility of turning off the ICD at the end of life. Many people
consider turning off the ICD when their health goals change from living longer to getting the most
comfort possible at the end of life. Turning off your ICD is legal. It isn't considered suicide. The
decision to leave on or turn off your ICD is a medical decision that you make based on your values. You can put your wishes in an advance directive.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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