The ICDC is jointly operated by the clinical staff of Ashford and St Peters Hospitals, patients who have had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) implant and members of the patient’s family.
Each of these three groups all have a very important role to play in organising the support needed and to identify the problems that may occur and how best to overcome them.
ICDC’s Main Aims are:
- To provide an automatic membership and a forum for all patients who live in or have had their ICD implanted in Surrey, including their family, partners, and friends to discuss with others their concerns and problems.
- To assist people with ICDs regain their confidence and well-being if experiencing problems or during difficult times
- To provide literature from relevant organisations on all topics which are related to ICD patients.
- To have the opportunity to meet or contact other people who have had similar experiences and gain support from their knowledge.
- To provide current information about driving, insurance, holidays and any other areas where people with ICD's may experience problems.
- To provide up to date information on the latest technology and improvements from the manufacturers and suppliers of ICD's.
For more information, please visit our website.
This booklet has been designed for patients undergoing implantation of an Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) at St Peters Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and their carers to help you make an informed decision. You may be having the procedure as a day case or after being admitted to hospital. It gives important information about the ICD procedure, the benefits and risks to you, about going home and for getting back to normal afterwards. Your doctor has recommended this procedure, however, it is your decision to go ahead with the procedure or not ... read more
An ICD acts as a heart monitor. The leads attached to your heart muscle feed signals back to the box under your skin. The level of detection will be set differently for each patient, from 130 to 200 beats per minute.
If your heart rate goes too high, the ICD will detect this and begins a series of tests to determine if the rhythm is normal or abnormal. If the device determines that treatment is needed, the device will deliver the pre-programmed therapy, which may be fast pacing stimuli, or low/high level shocks ... read more