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A 53-year-old member asked:

i can't decide: implantable cardioverter defibrillator or heart bypass surgery?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Specialist Needed: This is a type of question you should take up with a physician who specializes in heart disease. There is no answer applicable to the general population. The ansewr to this question must be individualized to you and your circumstances.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
There are circumstances where you could need both: one is 'plumbing' i.e. mechanical and one is electrical.
Nov 15, 2011
Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Different things: Bypass surgery (CABG) treats the blockages in the heart vessels, while the defibrillator (icd) treats dangerous heart beats such as ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. A person may need both, depending on their medical condition.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator versus heart bypass surgery. I am afraid of both?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Both done very: Successfully and routinely.
Dr. Slade Suchecki
Family Medicine 18 years experience
No surgery is without risk. You must weight the benefits against the risks and feel comfortable with the procedure and your decision. Do your homework and don't hesitate to ask questions. Good luck!
May 11, 2012
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can be done for implantable cardioverter defibrillator versus heart bypass surgery?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
ICD: They are complementary and not competing therapies.

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