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My implanted defibrillator has shifted. Should I be concerned?

My defibrillator has shifted out of position inside my chest (shown on x-ray). It is now at the top of the breast area. Is this something to be concerned about?   

submitted by Dorothy from Space Coast, Florida on 6/13/2013

Answer:

J. Alberto Lopez, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, J. Alberto Lopez, MD    

Hi.  The ICD is not inside the chest. It is outside, under the skin and fat, usually on top of the muscle. Some doctors put an anchor stitch to avoid the drop due to gravity; others do not. The migration does not represent a problem for the ICD, and the only reason to do anything about it is if you are experiencing pain.   

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