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Question:

What are the risks of implanting an ICD?

My husband suffered a heart attack 5 months ago and his EF is now 28%. Even though his physical condition is good, his doctor is recommending that he receive an ICD to protect him against risk of arrhythmia. My concern is that he developed an apical aneurysm and I would like to know about the risks of this implantation process.   

submitted by Laura from Puerto Rico on 11/19/2012

Answer:

Mohammad Saeed, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mohammad Saeed, MD    

The presence of apical aneurysm does not increase any complication risk from the implantation procedure [Implantable Cardiverter Defibrillator]. The aneurysm involves the left ventricle and the ICD lead is implanted in the right ventricle. But the apical aneurysm does markedly increase his risk of developing life threatening arrhythmias; he will benefit from an ICD.     

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Updated November 2012
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