A 36-year-old male asked:
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can i have angioplasty if i have an icd implanted? will the icd have to be taken out first?i've already had one vt and one respiratory arrest episodes

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Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: There is no need to remove the icd during angioplasty or stenting. The icd is placed in the vein system and the angiogram is done in the artery system to start with. If you have surgery sometimes the icd needs to be turned off because the electric cautery can set the defibrillator off. But with angiogram and stenting there is no cautery.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. Neel Patel
24 years experience Cardiology
Angioplasty and ICD: Yes you can have angioplasty if you have icd. Angioplasty involves the coronary arteries /blood vessels to the heart muscle. The blood vessels or coronary arteries are on the superficial surface of the left ventricle and have small branched which supply blood to the heart muscle. An icd is a defibrillator which has a coil that enters the the right ventricle heart chamber.
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Icd : No you can have it With icd
Answered on Oct 24, 2017
Dr. Sheldon Brownstein
Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Vt : Angioplasty is safe to do with icd in place
Answered on Oct 24, 2017

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