Cardiac defibrillator implant without cardiac catherization

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What is a cardiac defibrillator implant without cardiac catheterization?

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators  (ICD) are devices used to monitor your heart rhythm and detect irregular heartbeats. They are small battery-powered devices that are placed in the chest. In addition to monitoring your heart rate, ICD can deliver electric shocks to your heart via one or more wires to fix the abnormal heart rhythm. 

It is important to detect and fix abnormal heart rhythms because they, sometimes, can be deadly. ICDs monitor your heart and can stop these abnormal rhythms.

Why would I get ICD implant?

Anyone who had sustained any abnormal form of heart rhythm like ventricular tachycardia or had a cardiac arrest due to severely abnormal rhythm is a candidate for ICD. Additionally, people with any of the following conditions may benefit from an ICD implant:

  • A history of coronary artery disease/ heart attack.
  • Any genetic disease that can make your heart beats abnormally. These inherited conditions include long QT syndrome, which, if not treated, can lead to dangerous arrhythmia called torsades de pointes.
  • Heart conditions that involve a thickened heart (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy) or enlarged heart (dilated cardiomyopathy).

You can think of ICD as the same thing when, in TV shows, you see the hospital workers deliver a shock for an unconscious person. ICD does the same thing whenever it detects that your heart is beating abnormally.

What happens during the procedure?

Cardiac defibrillator implant without cardiac catheterization is also called subcutaneous ICD. Subcutaneous ICD is implanted under your skin at the side of the chest with its electrode running along your breast bone. 

You are the right candidate for this procedure if you have any defect that prevents you from using the regular ICD that requires catheterization through your blood vessels. Subcutaneous ICD is implantable and less invasive than an ICD that attaches to your heart through blood vessels.

During the procedure, 2 or 3 incisions are made to put your ICD under the skin and fat in the side of your chest. A lead is then tunneled under your skin to the middle of the chest above the breast bone. Your doctor will test the system to make sure that it works as it should.

What to expect after the procedure?

The procedure usually takes a few hours with a recovery time of 24 hours. You may also be released on the same day of your procedure, depending on your case and your physician’s opinion. 

You should expect some pain in the incision area. This pain will decrease with time; over-the-counter pain medications can help in the process. Don’t use aspirin or ibuprofen because they can inhibit your platelet aggregation leading to an increased risk of bleeding.

Your doctor will give you some instructions about how to care for yourself to avoid any complications related to the procedure. These will include instructions related to your medications, wound, device care, activity guidelines, and maintenance and follow-up schedule. 


Your ICD has a lithium battery that can last up to years. Your doctor will check the battery life to make sure that your generator is working properly. 

ICDs are the best choice for anyone who has survived a cardiac arrest due to dangerous arrhythmias. An ICD will lower your risk of sudden death from cardiac arrest.  You will receive some short-term and long-term precautions from your doctor. It is extremely important to strictly follow these rules as they are to make sure your ICD will work properly.


1- Mayo Clinic: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)

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