Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a sophisticated medical device designed to monitor and regulate heart rhythm. It is meant to address life-threatening arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ventricular fibrillation (VF). These arrhythmias can cause the heart to beat too quickly or irregularly, leading to serious complications, including sudden cardiac arrest.
At Capitol Cardiology Associates, we employ the power and innovation of ICDs for its continuous monitoring, precisely calibrated interventions, and heart rate maintenance. Consult with a licensed cardiologist to determine whether an ICD is right for you.

How Does an ICD Work?

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, or ICD, typically includes electrodes, thin wiring, and a generator which contains the battery and electronics that monitor heart rhythm. So, how does this group work together?
Like a vigilant guardian, an ICD continuously monitors the heart's electrical activity. It detects abnormal rhythms, such as rapid ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, which can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. When the ICD detects an abnormal rhythm, it swiftly responds by delivering electrical shocks (defibrillation) to restore normal heart rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. Additionally, it can also provide pacing functions to regulate slower heart rhythms if needed.
Modern ICDs are even equipped with advanced features like the ability to store and transmit data about heart rhythms and device function. This information is valuable for healthcare providers, allowing us to assess cardiac health, adjust device settings, and optimize treatment.

Who Needs an ICD?

ICDs are recommended for individuals at high risk of sudden cardiac death due to certain conditions, including:

  • Prior Cardiac Arrest or Ventricular Arrhythmias: Individuals who have experienced VT, VF, or sudden cardiac arrest are candidates for ICD implantation.
  • Heart Failure: In cases where heart failure is accompanied by reduced ejection fraction and increased risk of arrhythmias, an ICD may be indicated.
  • Certain Genetic Conditions: Inherited conditions predisposing to life-threatening arrhythmias may warrant ICD placement as a preventive measure.

This is not an exhaustive list, and your licensed cardiologist is best able to give you an accurate risk assessment and diagnosis. Residents in the area can call Capitol Cardiology Associates to schedule an appointment or arrange a walk-in for as soon as possible.

Implantation Procedure

An ICD implantation is typically performed in a hospital setting under local anesthesia. The procedure involves creating a small incision, usually in the chest or shoulder area, and inserting the leads into the heart. The generator is then placed under the skin, usually in the upper chest. After implantation, the device is programmed and tested to ensure proper function and therapeutic efficacy.

Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator
Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator

Living with an ICD

Living with an ICD involves regular follow-up appointments with your cardiologist to monitor device function, adjust settings as needed, and address any concerns. Patients are advised to inform healthcare providers, airport security, and other relevant personnel about the presence of an ICD. 
While the device provides crucial protection against life-threatening arrhythmias, it's important to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle, adhere to medication regimens, and follow recommended activity guidelines. The professionals at Capitol Cardiology Associates will go over more of what you need to know. Call or message us today to schedule a consultation for a convenient time.

Review of Exceptional Healthcare Services

Jose Mendoza

My experience with the Capitol Cardiology Associates office was outstanding. From the time I initially talked to Dr Shetty on the phone to the moment I checked out. I had a very pleasant encounter with the front desk personnel. The staff is kind, gentle and informative. Pamela was very efficient, skilled and smart.  Took time to explain the procedure and broke it down in easy terms. I recommend this group with no reservations to whoever needs a cardiologist.

Bobbie Shockley

Even the office was excited busy, the staff remains super courteous and respectful. Dr. Shetty and his students were kind and efficient. Check out is a breeze. Those with disabilities were treated with great respect. I feel well cared for here at Capitol  Cardiology.

Isatu Sesay

Dr Raj Shetty. I wanted to thank you so so much, my blood pressure is normal now praise God.All because of you, my physician cannot get it in control then he Reffered me to you. I thank God and you because it’s all in control now. May God continue to bless your hand , you are so patient.

Jeanette McQueen

I had an excellent experience at Capitol Cardiology Associates. From the moment I walked into the suite everyone was friendly and courteous. When I was taken in the back the Medical Assistant was very professional and made me feel comfortable. My Cardiologist, Dr. Venugopal, had an excellent bedside manner and reassured me that all was okay. The checkout receptionist was very helpful as well. She made sure I had all the documents I needed and provided a copy to my primary care physician. Well done guys!??

Kuron Rice

On my first visit to Capitol Cardiology Associates, the staff were punctual, professional & friendly.  I enjoyed every aspect of the visit. The lady who checks you in has high energy & is very fun. My nurse was very nice as well. But my doctor, Dr. Foushee was attentive to symptoms & asked lots of question to find out the problem & it's source. For top notch service visit Capitol Cardiology Associates!!!

Bonnie Moreland

Everyone that I had contact with in the office were so pleasant. I feel Claire, PA listened to me about my concerns. She assured me that tests will be done and we'll figure out what's going on and that I'll be feeling better soon.

James Churchill

This was my first visit to a specialist, Dr. Venugopal. While the appointment took time to get, I was greeted promptly, the staff treated me well both coming in and leaving and the doctor is one of the finest I've encountered. Not only was he informative, his professional demeanor was complemented by a a humor that matched my own, a talent not always found in potentially serious situations. I would highly recommend!

J D McCall

Dr. Forrester is very professional, competent, thorough and caring. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable & attentive.The staff are very kind, professional & attentive as well. Overall excellent place to go.

Yvonne Martinez Vega

I have had positive experience with the staff of Capital Cardiology. They are courteous, professional and efficient. Dr. Clarence Findley is fabulous. He takes his time explaining , asking questions etc. Not something one sees now a days.

Rhonda McNair

I really was sick not knowing just how sick. My PC referred me to Dr. Clarence Fendly with only three visits two office and one hospital I am great. I thank God for him. He explained everything to me where I could understand,  but he's gone now, and I am going to miss him. I feel sorry for all on this side of the earth that never had the opportunity to get his help. Where ever he's moved on to someone will be blessed. Thanks Dr. Fendley. Rhonda McNair