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.
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.