What if my ICD gives me a shock?
Cardiff & Vale University Board Patients –
First ever shock – contact electrocardiogram (ECG) department on 02920 743325 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
One or two shocks – inform ECG Department, but a visit to them may not be necessary.
Cwm Taf University Health Board Patients –
All patients who have their cardiac device care at Royal Glamorgan Hospital should inform their Arrhythmia Nurse or Cardiac Device Clinic after experiencing any shock therapy.
Arrythmia Nurse – Dawn Watkins – 01443 443443 ext 6486 or Cardiac Device Clinic – 01443 443226
Multiple shocks or more than two shocks in quick succession – you will need to be admitted to hospital to check your heart rhythm and your ICD. You will need to call 999.
If the ambulance crew record an ECG make sure someone asks for a copy of the ECG reading.
Remember – after a shock, find a place to sit or lie down and try to keep calm. If possible, have someone stay with you throughout the event. These are guidelines only. If you feel unwell after a shock then you must seek medical advice. If at any time you need someone to talk to, then please contact one of our committee members who are more than happy to talk to you about life with an ICD.