ICD shock fear, adversely affects sex life

Today an increasing number of individuals are needing implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Before moving in the topic let us have a brief introduction about ICD. If we break the big word- implantable cardioverter-defibrillator – implantable (means it’s implanted in our body, beneath our skin of chest but outside the ribcage), cardio(heart) and defibrillator (a device that defibrillates).

Defibrillation is nothing but giving electric shocks (ICD has a battery to shock) to control an extremely fast beating type heart  (some of which you might have heard like ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia etc.). These are same as those pedals we see in roadside or airports of most western nations to shock an individual’s chest, only difference is ICD’s are inside our body and they are automatic (whenever they perceive the heart to race in abnormally fast speed they shock the heart, and save life).

Readers shouldn’t confuse ICD with pacemakers which are used to maintain the heart rate intact and generally used in those with slow heart rates or have some blockage in hearts  own conduction system.

With that much of introduction now we are probably ready for today’s topic. Recent evidences show that  many young adults with congenital heart disease who are implanted with ICD’s are too anxious of  getting shocked anytime by the automatic life saving machine implanted underneath their chest skin. Such anxiety is so extreme that it is affecting their regular sexual life and resulting poorer sex life. This is happening for both males and females with ICD. Probably removing the ICD is not a wise solution in affected individuals since it may compromise life. According to experts, a counselling from mental health expert might help them battle their shock related anxiety. According to data of 2000 about a million of US adults have congenital heart disease and their numbers are rising every year. Which means an increasing number of adults will require ICD’s.

Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

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References: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_137621.html