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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Side Effects of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Side effects of an implantable cardioverter defribrillator don’t occur for every patient, but they can include:

  • Insertion or incision site bleeding
  • Insertion site vessel damage and blockage
  • Incision site infection
  • Punctured lung resulting in air trapped between chest wall and lung (pneumothorax)
  • Bleeding around the heart (effusion)
  • Shocks delivered inappropriately for non-life threatening heart rhythms

Locations for Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator