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Adjustment to your ICD

People may have lots of reactions to having an ICD from feeling relieved and reassured to feeling worried, anxious and even low in mood.

You may have concerns about knocking or damaging your ICD or fears about receiving a shock. You may be worried about pushing yourself too far with certain activities (e.g. exercise, sex, and driving). These feelings are all normal and to be expected initially.

If you find these worries and concerns persist after a few weeks or you are avoiding certain activities you would usually do, it may be helpful to get further support. You can speak to your ICD Nurse, cardiac rehabilitation staff, Consultant or GP about your concerns and they will help identify ways to support you.