Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
452066 tn?1400626877

ICD removals

At what point would a cardiologist or EP allow an ICD to be removed? I have had one for 18 months due to a complex VT. The hospital where I went to stated they could not locate the origin of the VT and it seemed out of control. They decided an ICD would be the best and only option. Several months later and after  3 shocks and multiple VT pacings (119 monitored VTs) I became frustrated and searched the country for someone to help me. I ended up 700 miles from home..and had an ablation done that fixed the problem. MY local cardiologist along with 2 other EPs agree that I didn't even need the ICD. It appeared that I had so much anti-arrythmic meds in my system when the first ablation was tried... that it made the arrhythmia worse. My ICD settings were adjusted 3 weeks ago,. with all features except monitor and VF therapy (VVI-30/200bpm) , with also no pacing) I have never had syncope...and tolerated the VT well.


This discussion is related to heart ablation x2.
3 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
995271 tn?1463924259
I don't have or know anyone with specific experience on this, but I did a quick google search and found a study on this subject.  Of particular interest was the last line of the abstract "The survival of patients who had their ICD removed and not reimplanted was not different from that of patients who never had their ICD removed up to 2 years."

Most had them removed due to inappropriate firing.
Helpful - 0
452066 tn?1400626877
Thanks for the info...will check it out!
Helpful - 0
967168 tn?1477584489
Kim, I sent you a pm on info of an icd support group Im a member of that may have more info for you if you dont already have this info.
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Heart Rhythm Community

Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1807132 tn?1318743597
Chicago, IL
1423357 tn?1511085442
Central, MA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Are there grounds to recommend coffee consumption? Recent studies perk interest.
Salt in food can hurt your heart.
Get answers to your top questions about this common — but scary — symptom
How to know when chest pain may be a sign of something else
Herpes sores blister, then burst, scab and heal.
Herpes spreads by oral, vaginal and anal sex.