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Is icd or defibrillator extraction riskier for older patients than younger patients?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Older people usually have more fragile tissues, and this goes for the blood vessel walls and heart as well; this predisposes to tears or perforation from pulling on leads that come into contact with these tissues.
2) older people also tend to have had their leads in longer, a major risk because the lead tip has become much more embedded in the heart muscle, requiring more force to extract.

In brief: Yes

Older people usually have more fragile tissues, and this goes for the blood vessel walls and heart as well; this predisposes to tears or perforation from pulling on leads that come into contact with these tissues.
2) older people also tend to have had their leads in longer, a major risk because the lead tip has become much more embedded in the heart muscle, requiring more force to extract.
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Jerry Routh
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

An aicd (automatic implatable cardioverter defibrillator) is a pacemaker like device used to protect from serious heart rhythm disturbances.
It is implanted under the skin and can deliver an electric shock to the heart through leads placed in heart veins or directly on the heart surface. At any age removal of the device does not carry much risk but removal of the leads is more problematic.

In brief: Yes

An aicd (automatic implatable cardioverter defibrillator) is a pacemaker like device used to protect from serious heart rhythm disturbances.
It is implanted under the skin and can deliver an electric shock to the heart through leads placed in heart veins or directly on the heart surface. At any age removal of the device does not carry much risk but removal of the leads is more problematic.
Dr. Jerry Routh
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