Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Troubleshooting

Barry A. Boilson

Edited by Margaret A. Lloyd

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Troubleshooting

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This chapter reviews common problems that present on ICD interrogation which are likely to be encountered in clinical practice. Since their adoption over 20 years ago, ICDs are now commonplace, and the ability to understand basic ICD interrogation and troubleshooting is an essential requirement in most general cardiology practices. The evolution of ICD technology has resulted in increasing complexity of arrhythmia-recognition algorithms used by modern ICD microprocessors, but the basic principles have not changed in that an ICD can still be considered a sophisticated pacemaker device which has a limited capacity to analyze and treat ventricular tachyarrhythmia.

Chapter.  2220 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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