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Troubleshooting ICDs 

Troubleshooting ICDs
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Troubleshooting ICDs
Author(s):

Timothy Betts

and Julian Ormerod

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199687831.003.0012
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date: 20 September 2019

This chapter covers the causes of inappropriate implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) therapies, and then covers each response in detail. Breaking down the response by key information required, and the most common presentation of each problem, diagnosis and treatment are discussed in turn. The chapter covers tachycardias (atrial, supraventricular, ventricular, etc.), atrial fibrillation or flutter, committed shocks, undersensing, and oversensing. Mechanical issues that may occur at follow up, such as lead damage or battery life problems, are covered. Finally, problems to date and management issues are described.

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