Deactivating the shock function of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) towards the end of life - a guide for patients and carers

Deactivating the shock function of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator towards the end of life

Leaflets | 7 pages

English | Published: 02/03/2015

  • Publication for: Care and families, Healthcare professionals, Patient, People with heart disease
  • Subject: Living with heart disease, Treatments for heart condition
  • Age group: Adults, Elderly

This leaflet is for people who have an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) and may be helpful also to their family or close friends.

It discusses when it may be best for you to have the shock function of your ICD turned off (deactivated). It may be important to consider this if you develop a terminal illness, become very frail or decide that you no longer wish to receive shocks from your ICD.

This leaflet has been produced by the Resuscitation Council (UK), British Cardiovascular Society, The National Council for Palliative Care, Arrhythmia Alliance and the British Heart Foundation.