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Living with an S-ICD

Questions for Your Doctor About Living with an S-ICD

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What can you expect from living with an S-ICD? Are there areas of your life that might change? The questions below can help you get the answers you’re looking for.

  • Will an S-ICD affect my ability to drive?
  • Will an S-ICD restrict my ability to work?
  • Will an S-ICD affect my ability to participate in physical activities?
  • Will an S-ICD affect my ability to engage in sexual activities?
  • Will an S-ICD affect my ability to travel?
  • Will an S-ICD cause any issues with security screening at airports?
  • What happens if someone is touching me when I receive an electric shock?
  • How often do I need to get a routine checkup of my S-ICD?
  • What happens during a routine checkup?
  • Can I go to a different hospital to have my device checked?
  • Where should I go in case of an emergency?
  • When does my S-ICD need to be replaced? How will I know?
  • If my heart is beating faster while exercising, how does the S-ICD know the difference between that and an arrhythmia?
  • What should I know about using electrical equipment or devices?
  • What should I do if I decide to have the S-ICD deactivated or removed?

For caregivers:

  • How will our family life be affected after the S-ICD is implanted?
  • How can I help my loved one maintain a healthy lifestyle?
  • What should I do if my loved one is about to receive S-ICD therapy?
  • Should I go with my loved one to the doctor?
  • What if my loved one does not recover after receiving S-ICD therapy?


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