Psychological monitoring should be routine post-ICD, cardiologists say

Adults with ICD shocks were at particular risk of anxiety and depression, researchers found.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Patients who have received implantable cardioverter defibrillators regardless of indication should be closely monitored for mood disorders, results from a large meta-analysis suggest.

Australian cardiologists report that 12% of those with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) had symptoms of PTSD within a year of insertion, compared with a rate of 1-2% in the general population.