Case report of out-of-hospital heat dissipation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
MedSun: Newsletter #60, May 2011

PubMed Abstract

The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has revolutionized the treatment of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular arrhythmias. Repeated studies have shown them to increase overall survival rates in patients with congestive heart failure or previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular dysfunction. We present a rare case of out-of-hospital ICD heat dissipation due to rapid battery discharge preceded by an audible popping noise.

Additional Information:

PubMed. Case Report of Out-of-Hospital Heat Dissipation of an Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator. February 17, 2011.

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