Potential adverse events after ICD implantation

Potential adverse events after ICD implantation

Potential adverse events after ICD implantation: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are life saving devices used for treatment of life threatening ventricular arrhythmias and averting sudden cardiac death.

Some of the rare adverse events which can occur with ICDs are as follows:

  1. Pericardial effusion
  2. Generator pocket hematoma
  3. Lead problems like insulation failure and fracture requiring lead revision
  4. Infection, device pocket erosion
  5. Inappropriate defibrillator discharge (inappropriate shocks), which could be due to T-wave oversensing, lead problems or supraventricular arrhythmias
  6. Some may develop psychological problems due to undue fear for shocks
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