You have been recommended to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat your heart rhythm problem. The purpose of this guide is to help you and your family prepare for this procedure and for your recovery at home.

Read the guide using the lefthand menu or by downloading the file below.

Download the patient guide

ICDs: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (pdf)

More Information

See our ICD page for more information on this procedure.

Visit Cardiac RehabilitationLiving Well with Heart Disease and the Prevention & Wellness Centre for information on improving your heart health.


The Heart Institute’s educational videos were made in collaboration with the Institute’s Patient Alumni Association and seek to provide, along with the patient guides, all important information to patients and families prior to a procedure or surgery.