What should I do if I get shocked by my implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?
If you get shocked by your ICD:
- Stay calm.
- Sit or lie down. Ask someone to stay with you.
- If you do not feel well after the shock, call your doctor or an ambulance (dial 911 in most areas).
- If you feel fine after the shock, you do not need to seek immediate medical attention.
- Call your doctor within 24 hours.
If someone is touching you when the ICD fires, they may feel a tingling sensation. It won't hurt them.
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