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The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy

Tom Kenny

ISBN: 978-1-444-35670-0 August 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 152 Pages



The number of ICD patients is increasing sharply, yet the number of electrophysiologists—physicians who specialize in the electrical system of the heart—is not increasing as dramatically. The result of this influx is that more and more ICD patients are being treated by physicians and staff with little or no ICD training.

There are many fine books on device-based therapy for the heart, but most are written for the experts. Whether you read it from cover-to-cover or use it for reference (or both), it is written primarily with you in mind – for people who are actually involved in the clinical care of these patients.

The Nuts and Bolts of ICD Therapy is specifically written for non-cardiologists. This book is written in a lively intelligent and easy to navigate style. It emphasizes real-life clinical practice and practical tips, including illustrations from actual clinical settings. Each chapter concludes with a checklist of key points from each subject (“Nuts and Bolts”).


1. Sudden Cardiac Death.

2. The History of ICDs.

3. The ICD System.

4. Indications for ICD implantation.

5. Implant Procedures.

6. Sensing.

7. Arrhythmia Detection.

8. Arrhythmia Therapy.

9. SVT Discrimination.

10. Bradycardia Pacing.

11. Electrograms.

12. Special Features.

13. Diagnostics.

14. A Systematic guide to ICD Follow-Up.

15. Troubleshooting.



"The terminology used throughout the book is easily understood and this is explained further with the helpful extensive glossary"

"For the cardiac practitioner involved in the mechanics of ICD therapy and the implications for patients it is of clear relevance to practice."

British Journal of Cardiac Nursing

A practical, reliable and systematic approach to ‘implantable cardioverter-defibrillators’

  • Builds on Tom Kenny’s The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac Pacing (June 2005)
  • Emphasizes real-life clinical practice and practical tips
  • Each chapter ends with a checklist of "Nuts and Bolts" (key points on each subject)
  • A lively, intelligent and accessible style
  • Clear and practical illustrations from real clinical settings
  • Starting with the basics, this book builds on fundamental principles and concludes with advanced concepts