What Does A Defibrillator Shock Feel Like?

You may feel a flutter, palpitations (like your heart is skipping a beat), or nothing at all.

Fibrillation may require that you receive a “shock.” Most patients say that the shock feels like a sudden jolt or thump to the chest.

What are the side effects of a defibrillator?

Risks

  • Infection at the implant site.
  • Allergic reaction to the medications used during the procedure.
  • 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.

Do ICD shocks hurt?

Do shocks from an ICD hurt? Most patients who have received shocks from their ICDs describe them as startling, jolting and unsettling, but not painful. It’s easy to understand why. The ICD delivers a shock to prevent a dangerously fast heart rhythm.

Can you get a shock from a defibrillator?

It is possible that you will experience a shock at some point during your time with the ICD. As an ICD patient, you cannot control shocks, but you can control your reaction.

Can you still die with a defibrillator?

Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) are well documented to save lives in many patient groups for primary and secondary prevention; however, although the ICD is highly effective at preventing sudden death, everyone will die eventually, whether of underlying heart disease or other terminal illness such as