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Can I Play Laser Tag With An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or icd, is a small device that can automatically detect abnormally fast heart rhythms and stop them with a rapid pulse of paced beats or a shock. It monitors the heart rate and delivers the treatment through special wires, or leads, that may be attached to the inside or outside of the heart or placed under the skin. Most icds ...Read more
First of, this is a life saving device for individuals needing one! As this is inserted using surgical techniques, risks associated are bleeding, infection etc... Once implanted the device or leads can malfunction or administer an inappropriate shock etc.
Bottom line: very high benefit (stay alive), low risk. ...Read more
The patient is sedated or anesthetized.
Incision is made.
Venous access is done.
Needle, introducers, and wires are passed to proper position with fluoroscopic - xray control and tested electronically.
Then a device nice - the aicd is attached.
The wound is closed. ...Read more
I Agree, and...: I agree with dr. Wright's answer. In addition, there is always a (very) small risk of nerve or vessel damage to the arm on the same side as the device, and it's best if it's not the dominant hand. Since most people are right-handed, it's quite convenient that the left side is the easiest and most effective location for us to place the device. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sudden cardiac death: Icd's are utilized in patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac death or ventricular arrhythmias. These can be patients who already have significant structural heart disease or may have already suffered a sudden death episode. Also they are utilized in patient's who have certain familial conditions which may predispose them to sudden death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it safe to be under the sun for an extended period of time with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?
Detection: It detects fast heart beats above a threshold set by the cardiologist and programmed into the defibrillator and delivers a shock or ATP - pacemaker override, depending on the heart rate. It will deliver subsequent shocks depending on the heart rate it detects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) is primarily used to treat abnormally rapid heart rates that are considered to be life threatening. The most common of these conditions are ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.
These devices can also act as pacemakers to treat low heart rates, but this is a secondary function. ...Read more
I Agree, and...: I agree with dr. Wright, and would add that we generally discourage contact sports which may directly impact the device such as boxing, tackle football, and hard-check basketball. Though quite rare, very forceful impact has the potential to destabilize the connection between the leads (wires) and the device, or even damage the wires themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for you to do physical activities if you have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?
Yes: As long as it's properly programmed, there shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more
Short vs Long Term: Device insertion is very safe, with estimated 2% risk of complications (bleeding, infection). Depending on the person's age and health status, they may have the defibrillator for many years. There is a low risk of infection of device in future (rough estimates of this are single digit to 10%), and risk of getting inappropriate shocks from the device (causing anxiety) is in this rough range as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An aicd is recommended for very specific conditions and following very specific and well documented indications as published by professional societies (american college of cardiology, american heart association, european society of cardiology etc...)
any prescription/recommendation has to follow these indications. ...Read more
ICD: The ICD is probably the most effective treatment for cardiac arrest as it is in place and monitoring for a shockable ventricular tachyarrhythmia. It is the fastest way to accomplish defibrillation. ...Read more
Terminate arrhythmia: These are devices which may detect and automatically treat malignant (life-threatening) arrhythmias. Those include ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. They use either bursts of rapid pacing or one or more high energy shocks. Patients receive these either after an arrhythmic event or prophylactically because they are at risk for these arrhythmias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palpitations, jolt: If your heart has a serious rhythm problem, the device should intercede to correct it. When that happens, you may feel palpitations or a jolt in your chest. If the defibrillator didn't intervene, you might never feel anything again! ...Read more
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