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Why Choose Marina del Rey Hospital for Defibrillator Implants?

We firmly believe that we shouldn’t only take care of our patients inside of the hospital, but outside of it too. After a medical procedure involving the heart, you may need to implant a defibrillator to keep your heart rate in the normal parameters. Our staff, at Marina del Ray Hospital, is expertly trained in this operation and will make sure you are taken care off even after you are released.

After years of smoking, bad eating habits which lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some people may suffer from arrhythmia or could have had a sudden cardiac arrest. These factors increase the risks that that person may suffer from another heart failure in the future. To improve their life quality and their health, this type of patients are recommended to get a defibrillator implant.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device which is surgically connected to the heart. It monitors the heartbeat and if it discovers any irregularities, it sends an electrical shock to the organ to correct the organ’s electrical system.

First, the patient is thoroughly examined by the doctor. X-rays and blood and allergy tests are performed. If everything is fine, the ICD can be implanted. The patient is sedated and a small incision is made under the clavicle bone on the left side. The surgeon will insert the defibrillator wires through the vein and slowly push them towards the heart. After he makes sure they are correctly attached, the defibrillator will be placed under the patient’s skin. After this, the surgeon will make a few tests to see if the ICD is working properly. The patient is sedated so he won’t feel the electrical impulses.

There are many benefits to getting this procedure done:

  1. Heartbeat irregularities will be corrected;
  2. Better blood flow - it will reduce symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain;
  3. It reduces the risk of having a heart attack;
  4. Activities which were forbidden before may be done after the surgery

The recovery process after an ICD surgery is a simple one. The patient will remain one or two days in the hospital to be monitored and make sure there are no issues with his heart. After he is discharged, he needs to continue taking heart medications and avoid heavy exercise or lifting for about a month. People usually resume their normal activities a few days after the surgery.

As this is a simple, minor surgical procedure there should be little to no risks involved. There may be bleeding, swelling or bruising in the area in which the defibrillator was inserted. Without proper care and medication, the incision under the clavicle may become infected. It has been known that sometimes, during strenuous activity, the ICD might send unnecessary electrical shocks to the patient. This can be corrected by asking the doctor to recalibrate the device.

If you have ever suffered from a heart attack or arrhythmia, it may be necessary to use a defibrillator implant. Our experienced and caring doctors are ready to test if you have heart problems and, if you need it, safely perform this surgery. Call us today at 888.600.5600 to find out how we can help!

Frequently Asked Questions About Defibrillator Implants

Manufacturers of ICDs promise a period of 5 to 9 years of projected longevity.

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The time needed to fully recover after undergoing a defibrillator implantation procedure is usually 4 to 6 weeks but may vary from patient to patient.

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An ICD implant procedure may cause bleeding, pain, and infection at the incision site.

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Moderate exercise can keep ICD patients fit, without raising the shock risk.

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An ICD is a small device implanted in your chest, under the skin, that keeps track of your heart rate.

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