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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Blackrock Clinic Services & Procedures Cardiology Procedures Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

This is an invasive procedure used to stabilise the heart rhythm.

It is performed in the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (Cath Lab) by a Cardiologist and cardiac team. It takes 1 to 2 hours. The patient will then remain an inpatient in the hospital overnight. An IV (intravenous Line) is inserted into the arm or hand and a sedative allows the patient to relax but remain conscious throughout.

The Procedure

An incision is made on the left side of the chest after local anaesthetic and the ICD leads and device box are inserted. Using x-ray guidance, the leads are fixed into position. When the leads are connected to the heart and the ICD device, the doctor determines the settings using an external programmer.