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How should I prepare to get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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Before you get your ICD implanted, your doctor may ask you to stop taking certain medications before the procedure. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor how you should adjust your diabetes medications. Don't eat or drink anything after midnight before the procedure. If you must take medications, drink only with a sip of water.

When you come to the hospital, wear comfortable clothes. You'll change into a hospital gown for the procedure. Leave all jewelry and valuables at home.

SOURCES: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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