Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Some patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICDs) require emotional or psychological support for anxiety, depression, and difficulties in adjusting to life with an ICD. The dedicated ICD clinic staff can help with many of these issues. Referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist may also be helpful. Support groups are available for patients and their families, some of which are accessible online.


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