Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) procedure volume

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.

About this measure

This measure displays the number of ICDs implanted in 2012 at this hospital. The second graph shows a trend over time for this measure.

Most Recent Available Data (Number)
Northwestern Memorial 198
Performance Trend (Number)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Northwestern Memorial 140 174 211 228 194 198
Source:American College of Cardiology
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure volume