What is ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)?

Category: Equipment

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An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device that is implanted in the chest to monitor for and, if necessary, correct episodes of rapid heartbeat.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Ventricular tachycardia 14 6
Cardiomyopathy 8 4
Long qt syndrome 3 0
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia 2 1
Atrial fibrillation 1 0
Cardiac arrest 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
2
None
9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Side effect Patients
Implant site pain 1
Pain 1
Swollen veins in arms 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Dosage Patients
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 4
Other 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped using ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Duration

Currently using ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped using ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
6 months - 1 year 4
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 5
Not specified 7
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2 patient evaluations for ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator)

Mar 1, 2015 (Started Mar 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for ventricular tachycardia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pulmonary hypertension)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

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Jul 31, 2010 (Started Nov 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Prevent death)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: quite settling to have this therapy available.. I used an external unit for 4 months and it was really confusing and scary at times.

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