When is deactivation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) indicated?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Indications for ICD deactivation are as follows:

  • End-of-life care (after a discussion with the patient and family)

  • Inappropriate shocks

  • During resuscitation

  • During surgical procedures that employ electrocautery


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