Defibrillator has become standard therapy in all who have survived a cardiac arrest, and it is also used increasingly in patients who are at high risk of sudden cardiac death. Research shows that if you have an implanted defibrillator, it reduces the risk of cardiac arrest clearly compared with drug therapy.
An implanted defibrillator must-have for the rest of your life. Although the electric shocks are unpleasant, they are proof that the AED is working, and that it protects you from sudden death.
What about driving?
Driving is not permitted defibrillator. The combination of cardiac arrhythmias and shock can lead to fainting, which is dangerous when driving. The hospital is required to notify the county medical officer, who will ask you to submit the certificate. If you do not have any episodes during the course within one year, you can apply for an exemption from the rule and get the certificate back.