Implantable cardioverter defibrillator implant-explant-implant case study: Addressing the psychological adjustment to multiple shocks

Adrienne H. Kovacs, Suzanne Feigofsky, J. Sean Goff, Arwa S. Saidi, Anne B. Curtis, Jamie B. Conti, Samuel F. Sears

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Abstract

This case study details the multidisciplinary approach to a patient who underwent implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) explantation for psychological reasons. The patient was unable to manage the stress associated with multiple shocks. He had a class I indication-for an ICD but initially refused to undergo reimplantation. Treatment included the provision of comprehensive medical, nursing, and psychological care, with emphasis on patient autonomy and respect for the patient's experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-276
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Cardiology
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Case study
  • Explantation
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • Psychological
  • Shock anxiety
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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