Curious to know...will I pass out or be dead before the ICD shock happens? What if I'm driving or swimming?
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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Since I got my pacemaker, I don't pass out anymore! That's a blessing in itself.