Patient Decision Aid for ICDs

What is an ICD?

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device that is placed inside your body to monitor your heart rhythm. If this rhythm becomes too fast and is potentially dangerous, the ICD sends out electrical signals to help bring it back to normal.

The procedure to place an ICD is a minor surgical procedure called implantation.

The links below from the CAMC Health Information Center provide more information about ICDs:

Living with an ICD

ICD overview

ICD implantation

Patient Decision Aid for ICDs

CAMC has provided the following information with permission from the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. This is designed to provide information about ICDs and to help in decision making. The links below are for educational purposes only. Before making any decisions, you should discuss them with your physician.

ICD Patient Decision Aid website

ICD Patient Decision Aid booklet

ICD Patient Decision Aid video