When is inpatient care indicated for patients with a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)?

Updated: Oct 11, 2019
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Reasons for admission may include the following:

  • Device investigation: To determine if there is an imminent battery failure (multiple shocks will deplete battery life)

  • Addition of antiarrhythmic medications

  • Treatment of MI (which may be linked to the initial discharge)

  • Treatment of patient discomfort

  • Provision of psychological support: Up to 35% of people develop anxiety disorder following ICD placement, although disabling problems necessitating admission are fairly uncommon [2]

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