Learn About ICD Options
If your doctor has recommended an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) for you, you’ll have a couple of decisions to make. First, do you want to get a device? And if so, which type of device? This page and conversations with your doctor can help you learn more. So together you can make the right decision for you.
This process is called Shared Decision Making. To learn more about what Shared Decision Making means for you as a patient, click here to watch a 30-minute educational program on this topic offered by Mended Hearts. Mended Hearts is the nation’s premier peer-support program for patients who have cardiovascular disease, their caregivers, and their families.
How does an ICD work?
What are the options?
If you choose to get an ICD, you have two options: subcutaneous (S-ICD) and transvenous (TV-ICD). The main difference between the two devices is where the lead – that’s the wire that will deliver the shock to your heart – is placed. With a TV-ICD, the lead is placed inside the heart. An S-ICD’s lead does not touch the heart; it is placed under the skin on your chest.
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