Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is surgically implanted in patients with a high risk for ventricular arrhythmias including sudden cardiac arrest. The indications for ICD are increasing every year. In 2006, the frequency of ICD within Sweden was 54 per million inhabitants, and the implantation frequency at our hospital was similar.

Integrated care

We carry out integrated care of ICD patients. The ICD unit follows around 150 patients at any one time, with follow-ups carried out every 3-6 months. The unit is managed by four physicians, two nurses, and one social worker. One of the nurses has a pager and is easy to reach via the switchboard.

We offer evening meetings together with the Society for Patients with Heart and Lung Diseases. 


Page revised Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Content manager: Bozena Ostrowska

Published by Anita Pettersson

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