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Heart Failure / ICD


Here at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital we see patients who require an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or biventricular ICD / pacemaker, including:

  • post myocardial infarction (MI) patients with a history of, or who are at risk of, life threatening arrhythmias
  • heart failure patients with proven ventricular dyssynchrony and poor left ventricular function
  • patients with genetic syndromes such as Long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, and ARVC (arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy)
  • patients with dilated cardiomyopathy often awaiting cardiac transplant.

Patients are either seen pre-admission in clinic or receive a pre-admission phonecall. This is to discuss any tests that are required, instructions regarding medications and to answer any questions.

Patients transferred to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital from other hospitals are seen on the ward, and all patients are seen, often with their families, to discuss any further questions they may have while they are admitted. On discharge, patients will be given a comprehensive information pack and details of our out-of-hours 24-hour helpline.

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