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Defibrillator (ICD) Check-Up

Defibrillator (ICD) Check-Up

Defibrillators (ICDs = implantable cardioverter-defibrillators) treat — compared to pacemakers — not only a very weak pulse but also certain dangerous forms of a very fast heart rate. An ICD is akin to a "built-in emergency doctor" who quickly and fully automatically takes measures to save your life in case of emergency. During our follow-up appointments, we test your ICD's technical functionality and programming. Cardiac events recorded by the ICD and saved in its memory can be analyzed later. Certain measurements such as sensing, stimulation threshold, and impedance indicate whether the probes and the battery are in working order. When the individual settings of the device are no longer optimal for the patient's current situation, we can modify them. As a rule of thumb, ICD follow-up sessions are carried out every three to six months. When the ICD's battery begins to run out of power, we can coordinate and conduct the replacement of the ICD.

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