Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Right for You?

In general, most people who are candidates for an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat sudden cardiac arrest have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Heart failure
  • Had a heart attack
  • A family member who experienced sudden cardiac arrest
  • A previous episode of sudden cardiac arrest
  • An ejection fraction equal to or less than 35%

As with any medical treatment, there are risks associated with device therapy. We encourage you to print this information and discuss ICD therapy with your doctor.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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