Strategies to Reduce ICD Shocks: The Role of Supraventricular Tachycardia-Ventricular Tachycardia Discriminators

Joseph J. Gard, Paul A. Friedman

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Shocks delivered by implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can be lifesaving but are also a source of patient morbidity and mortality. The cascade of events that leads to an ICD shock can be interrupted at many points with comprehensive patient care and thoughtful programming. This article reviews the approach to minimizing shocks, with a special emphasis on the role of supraventricular tachycardia-ventricular tachycardia discriminators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-387
Number of pages15
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011



  • Cardioverter defibrillator
  • Inappropriate therapy
  • Supraventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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