Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy


Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Therapy in Hawaii

You may have discussed implantable defibrillators as an option in your treatment plan. Implantable cardioverter defibrillator therapy is currently the recommended therapy for patients who at risk for sudden cardiac death, such as after a heart attack or MI, or patients with weaken heart or heart failure.

The defibrillators used with this therapy are slightly larger than a regular pacemaker. The difibrillator is implanted below the collar bone using local anesthesia. Defibrillators have several wires that are implanted in to your heart. These defibrillator wires emit a high energy shock if your heart experiences a dangerous arrhythmia, restoring a normal rhythm. As long as there are no life-threatening arrhythmia's, the defibrillator will simply observe the rhythm of the heart and store data. However if the defibrillator detects an arrhythmia such in cases of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation, the defibrillator will emit an internal shock up to 40 joules is delivered restoring base line rhythm.

If you are at risk be sure to consult with our Hawaii office about defibrillator therapy.