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Heart Disease Health Center

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Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD) - Topic Overview

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.

For more tips, see:

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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