Shared Decision-Making

Heart Failure: Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)

Some patients with heart failure may be considering an Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD. An ICD is a small device that is placed under the skin of the chest.

An ICD is designed to prevent an at-risk person from dying suddenly from a dangerous heart rhythm. When it senses a dangerous heart rhythm, an ICD gives the heart an electrical shock. It does this in order to get the heart to beat normally.

Use this booklet (in PDF format) and video decision aid to help you learn more about ICDs and understand the options. These can be used to help have a discussion with doctors and loved ones.

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Infographic: Heart Failure