Friday, October 30, 2009

Device brand: be a part of the decision.

Your doctor may have told you that you need an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The decision whether or not to get the ICD should not be taken lightly. Once it’s been implanted, the device and leads will be there for the rest of your life, so having an ICD means a lifelong commitment. You should understand all the facts, implications and future consequences of getting the device.

As a patient and patient advocate, I encourage you to do as I did and become an active participant in this important decision. There are several device makers, and the selection of a brand should not be left to the doctor alone.


You must not only consider the overall features of a generator, its longevity, charge times, and ability to reduce unnecessary RV pacing, but you must also take into account a device manufacturer’s ethical standards, its sense of corporate responsibility and the entire brand experience.

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The ICD User Group is a non-profit resource for people living with ICDs, candidates for ICD surgery, and their friends and families. As patients ourselves, we encourage other patients to educate themselves, know their choices, and become active participants in their health care.

In reference to: Google Sidewiki entry on Medtronic’s Web site.

1 comment:

Jim Purdy said...

"As a patient and patient advocate, I encourage you to do as I did and become an active participant in this important decision."

All patients should be informed participants in their health decisions

I have often changed doctors when they have offered only drugs and surgery, and they refuse to even discuss lifestyle modifications.

American medicine is a disaster, unless you're part of the BigPharma money machine.