If I get a shock

Curious to know...will I pass out or be dead before the ICD shock happens? What if I'm driving or swimming?



Probably not

by AgentX86 - 2020-07-23 21:56:34

While it's possible that it would shock you after your heart stops, it's designed to fire well before that.  The ICD detects a serious arrhythmia, one that has the possibility of killing you, and it shocks you back into a normal rhythm.  Actually, it stops the heart and allows it to restart in a normal rhythm.

Such an arrhythmia while your swimming or driving (or at the top of a flight of stairs) would not be good, with or without an ICD.  An ICD gives you a better chance of surving, which is why you have it.

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