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If you receive three or more shocks from your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in a short period of time or you do not feel well, call 9-1-1 and be prepared to go to the hospital. Your electrophysiologist then should be notified once you are in the emergency room.
If you receive a shock from your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), here is what you should do:
- Stay calm.
- If you feel fine, call your electrophysiologist (EP) or clinic. During
off-hours, calls will be forwarded to an answering service that
will page the on-call physician for you. Please be sure to call
whenever you think you have been shocked.
- If you are not feeling well (for example, you continue to feel chest
pain or dizziness), call a rescue squad and be prepared to be
taken to the emergency room.
- If you receive three or more shocks in a row, call the rescue squad
and be prepared to go to the hospital.
- If you live in a rural area, you may want to visit your local emergency
room or rescue squad. Tell them about your ICD.
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