Safety. Protection. Reliability.
ICDs have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and offer an added level of security for those patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. With a small footprint, Abbott devices afford easier implants and may lead to a smaller incision and more patient comfort due to a reduced pocket size.
With the Ellipse™ ICD, you can receive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans under certain parameters. For more information on MRI device compatibility, please visit mri.merlin.net.
- Compact size allows your doctor to make a smaller incision when implanting your device.
- Delivers the highest shock of comparable devices for life-saving treatment.
- Technology recognizes a life-threatening heart rate; delivers life-saving shock only when necessary.
- Device checks itself to ensure all components are working.
- Continual monitoring means your device can alert you and your doctor to problems.
Possible events associated with the system include but are not limited to the following:
- Acceleration of arrhythmias (caused by device)
- Air embolism
- Exacerbation of heart failure
- Excessive fibrotic tissue
- Extracardiac stimulation (phrenic nerve, diaphragm, chest wall)
- Fluid accumulation
- Formation of hematomas or cysts
- Inappropriate shocks
- Keloid formation
- Lead abrasion and discontinuity
- Lead migration/dislodgement
- Myocardial damage
- Shunting current or insulating myocardium during defibrillation with internal or external paddles
- Potential mortality due to inability to defibrillate or pace
- Venous occlusion
- Venous or cardiac perforation
Patients susceptible to frequent shocks despite antiarrhythmic medical management may develop psychological intolerance to an ICD or CRT-D system that may include the following:
- Fear of premature battery depletion
- Fear of shocking while conscious
- Fear of losing shock capability
- Imagined shocking (phantom shock)
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