Wireless ICD

The Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute was the first in Michigan to use a newly-approved wireless ICD. Wireless ICDs deliver life-saving treatments without touching your heart. They’re also safer.

An ICD works just like a pacemaker, continuously monitoring your heart rate and providing low-energy electrical pulses as you need them. An ICD also detects dangerous arrhythmias, sending high-energy pulses to help restore a normal rhythm.

ICD care at Henry Ford: Why choose us

For nearly 20 years, our electrophysiologists have been delivering comprehensive care. When you come to Henry Ford for an ICD you benefit from:

  • Specialized labs: Our team of electrophysiologists implants ICDs using a minimally-invasive procedure performed in our specialized electrophysiology or EP Labs. These labs feature special equipment that allow our doctors to test the electrical activity of your heart.
  • Continuous care: Experts at our Pacemaker Clinic provide a lifetime of ongoing follow-up care for adults with ICDs and pacemakers. On your first visit, nurse practitioners with specialized training in implantable devices will ensure your device is working properly, make adjustments as needed and answer your questions.
  • Physician partnerships: We make it easy for you to receive follow-up care from your doctors at home. We’ll continue to work with your doctor and alert your doctor to any special updates or adjustments that need to be made to your device. We regularly train doctors and nurses in rural areas who care for patients with ICDs.

How wireless ICDs work

A typical ICD uses wires (leads) placed directly in your heart. Over time, these wires can cause infections and sometimes stop working. Wireless ICDs, also known as under-the-skin or subcutaneous ICDs (S-ICD), eliminate these risks. Here’s how it works:

  • Our team of heart rhythm specialists implants S-ICDs using a minimally-invasive procedure performed in our specialized EP Labs.
  • S-ICDs use a pulse generator implanted near your armpit and a series of electrodes placed near your heart.
  • If your heart rate becomes unstable, the pulse generator signals the electrodes to “shock” your heart back into a normal rhythm.
  • Following your procedure, our specialized nursing staff monitors your recovery for a few hours. You can expect to go home later that day, or the next day.

Read more about our Electrophysiology Services.

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