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SW6701, February 22,  2021  7:56pm EST

Subcutaneous ICD

Can anyone give some insight into the pros and cons of an S-ICD?

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, February 23,  2021  8:59am EST

    Hello there,

    Thank you for reaching out to the Patient Support Network - we are glad you are here. We hope that you will find a sense of community and support among others here experiencing similar things. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but I hope that others here can provide their experiences with an S-ICD. 

    Best Wishes,

    AHA Moderator 

  • joaquinshoes
    joaquinshoes, February 28,  2021  11:23pm EST

    What up what up SW6701. I have a Boston Scientific S-ICD and got it implanted about four years ago I think I was 19 yo. I chose the S-ICD because there weren't any leads that had to go into any veins (I think that's what they go into?) point is that those leads for traditional ICDs can fray after a while and that would've been a problem for some who, iyh, will live a good while longer after the surgery. With the S-ICD you have this box basically instead under your left armpit (which i prefer to the regular ICD with the box right there on your ****) with a wire running under the skin first parallel and then vertical once it gets in line with your heart. Con with that is its a little uncomfortable lying on your left side. 

  • Mspolland
    Mspolland, March 5,  2021  10:55pm EST

    I've had hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy and for several years I dismissed the idea of an ICD. In 2019 I had a Medtronic ICD implanted following an event where I passed out. Since then my palpitations have decreased considerably. My heart rate is set at 50 and doesn't drop into the 40s as previously occurred. It was a good decision. It is visible under the skin but that is a small price to pay.


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