6 alarming patient misconceptions about ICDs
Most patients given an implantable cardioverter defibrillator do not know what should happen to it during their final weeks of life, a study shows.
American College of Cardiology guidance from 2010 recommends turning off defibrillators in the final weeks of a terminal illness to prevent shocks being delivered during the dying process, which can be painful and prolong the process.
However, if the device includes a pacemaker function, this can remain operational.
The guidelines also recommend these end-of