Replacement of Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)

For patients that already have an ICD and are considering replacement.

Refresher: What is an ICD?

An ICD is designed to prevent an at-risk person from dying suddenly from a dangerous heart rhythm. When it senses a dangerous heart rhythm, an ICD gives the heart an electrical shock. It does this in order to get the heart to beat normally.

Why Replace my ICD?

You may need to replace your ICD because the battery is wearing out, the device is not working properly, or you have had an infection requiring ICD removal.

Supporting Evidence

Here is a document outlining all evidence for practice decision aids, to help you in your decision.

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