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When should I call my doctor about my implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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Call your doctor about your ICD if:

  • You receive 2 or more shocks in a 48-hour period.
  • You lose consciousness before receiving a shock.
  • You have swelling, bleeding, redness, warmth, or drainage at the implant site.
  • You have numbness or tingling of the arm closest to your ICD.
  • Any part of the device or leads is visible or protruding through the skin.
  • You have a fever or chills within 6 weeks to 8 weeks after the implant procedure.

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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