Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) mortality: all cause

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device indicated for patients with, or at risk for, recurrent or sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. These two heart rhythms can be life-threatening if left untreated. The ICD is connected to leads, wires that send impulses from a pulse generator to the heart muscle, that are positioned inside the heart or on its surface. These leads are used to treat dangerous abnormal heart rhythms by pacing, or shocking, the heart back to a normal rhythm. The pulse generator houses a battery and small computer, which is used to constantly monitor a patient’s heart rhythm. 

This device has been proven to be increasingly effective in treating patients who have experienced sustained ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation.
Potential complications from ICD implantation may include, but are not limited to, cardiac arrest, bleeding, drug reaction, lead dislodgement, collapsed lung, heart attack, infection related to the device, tearing of coronary veins, nerve damage, or death. The rate of complications during or following this procedure can depend on physician expertise, patient demographics such as age or gender, as well as patient comorbidities and risk factors such as atrial fibrillation/flutter, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, or renal failure. 

About this measure

This measure tracks the percentage of patients who received an ICD implant at this hospital in 2012 and died while in-hospital. 

Note: In this case, a lower number is better.
Most Recent Available Data (Number)
Northwestern Memorial 0
National Database Participant Comparison 0.3
Source:American College of Cardiology
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) mortality