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When is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator used to treat patients with arrhythmias?
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Dr. Sergio Cossu
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: IC + EF btwn 36-40%
When the patient has ischemic cardiomyopathy, ejection fraction between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, .

In brief: IC + EF btwn 36-40%
When the patient has ischemic cardiomyopathy, ejection fraction between 36-40% with inducible ventricular fibrillation or tachycardia, .
Dr. Charles Jost
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Dr. Warren Foster
Of course, patients with an ejection fraction < 35%, that doesn't improve, are good candidates as well.
Dr. Warren Foster
EF<35%, as well.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It depends
When the risk for cardiac arrest is high enough, a physician may recommend a patient get an icd.
This might be for patients with a weak heart, genetic disease (like hocm, long qt, arvd), or someone who has survived a cardiac arrest already.

In brief: It depends
When the risk for cardiac arrest is high enough, a physician may recommend a patient get an icd.
This might be for patients with a weak heart, genetic disease (like hocm, long qt, arvd), or someone who has survived a cardiac arrest already.
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