Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Side Effects and Warnings

Written by ColleenO.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a defibrillator implanted, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Damage to the heart or lungs
  • Damage to blood vessels
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Inappropriate shocks or device malfunction

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • History of smoking
  • History of excess alcohol consumption
  • Bleeding or blood-clotting problems
  • Use of some medicines


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