Implantable Cardioverter/Defibrillator

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator will give the patient extra beats in a programmed sequence to terminate a fast heart beat. If that fails and the rhythm could be dangerous it will deliver a shock. It also functions as a basic pacemaker to deal with slow rhythms.

The implantation procedure is similar to that described above for a pacemaker.

The patient can go home the next day. The DVLA will require between one and six months off driving depending on the clinical circumstances.