You are a candidate for an implantable defibrillator if you have had an attack of ventricular tachycardia, have survived an episode of sudden cardiac arrest or have fainted as a result of the abnormal heartbeat in the ventricles (lower chambers). Other reasons maybe you have had a heart attack that has weakened the heart; that heart muscle is diseased ( cardiomyopathy ) or you have an inherited defect in the heart's electrical conduction system, such as a so-called long QT syndrome - which can lead to ventricular fibrillation and death even in young, active people. Other rare indications may be the Brugada syndrome and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia.
Is implantation associated with some risk?
Implantation is rarely associated with complications. The most common problem that can occur is infection where the AED operated in, bleeding and blood clots, damage to the vein where the wires go to the AED, bleeding from the heart, heart valve leakage through the wires goes through. Research shows that the overall complication rate is approx. 1.5%.
How do you determine whether you need Mon defibrillator?
Several investigations are part of such a cardiac evaluation. A heart (ECG) is one of the standard surveys. EKG'et can provide evidence about the type of rhythm disturbance you have. Echocardiography is an ultrasound scan that gives information about how well the heart works, such as whether it is significantly weakened.
Electrophysiological measurements used to determine whether there are defects in the heart's electrical system. Holter monitoring means that you go with an ECG recorder for you in 24 hours. In the event of arrhythmia within this period, they will be caught up, and the doctors can find out what type of rhythm disturbance that is.
It is difficult to identify who will benefit from a defibrillator. Unfortunately, such that in the majority of cardiac arrests occur without warning and cause sudden cardiac death.