What is included in the long-term monitoring of 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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Patients with ICDs should be observed in a dedicated ICD clinic. Patients are seen more frequently early after implant—generally, 1 week after implant for a wound check, 1 month after implant for device interrogation, and 3 months after implant for repeat device interrogation. The follow-up interval generally can be increased to every 6 months in patients who are clinically stable.


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