The procedure to implant an ICD has some risks, but they are rare. Risks of the procedure to implant an ICD include:

  • Infection at the implant site
  • Allergic reaction to the medications used during the procedure to implant your ICD
  • Swelling, bleeding or bruising where your ICD was implanted
  • Damage to the vein where your ICD leads are placed
  • Bleeding around your heart, which can be life-threatening
  • Blood leaking through the heart valve where the ICD lead is placed
July 16, 2015