SYMPTOMS

Rapid heartbeats can affect your heart’s ability to deliver blood and oxygen throughout the body. This can lead to several symptoms including dizziness and shortness of breath.

Diagnosis

icon_diagnosisYour doctor may order a series of tests to find out what is causing your tachycardia. Testing could include an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), an electrophysiological test, or a tilt table test. These tests can help your doctor determine why you are having faster than normal heartbeats.

Treatment

icon_treatmentDepending on your tachycardia diagnosis, your treatment options could include medication, ablation (destroying the tissue that’s interrupting your heart rhythm), an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), or open-heart surgery.

Top Questions

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Everyone has questions. We’ve got answers to the ones ICD patients ask most.

This list of questions and answers can help you prepare for your next doctor’s consultation and possibly ease unnecessary fears.

Living With

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After treatment, you’ll want to know about post-operative care, recovery, and when you can return to your normal activities.

You’ll also need to know how to protect yourself and your device in certain post-implant situations.

Patient Success Story

Meet Anthony

Just before halftime, soccer defender Anthony Van Loo suddenly collapsed and dropped to the ground. Three, four, maybe five seconds later–a shock. That shock was the implantable cardioverter defibrillator that was implanted in the footballer half a year ago.

WHICH DEVICE?

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Every patient is unique. Answering a few survey questions will help your doctor decide on the best device for you and your lifestyle.

After completing the quiz we will provide a printable outline of your responses that can be easily shared with your doctor.

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Choosing Your ICD

Not all ICDs are alike. Get our educational eguide, Choosing Your ICD, and learn what functions are key to choosing the best device for your lifestyle.

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CHOOSING YOUR ICD

Not all ICDs are alike. Get our educational eguide, Choosing Your ICD, and learn what functions are key to choosing the best device for your lifestyle.