Skip to main content

Implantable Cardioverter - Defibrillators Step by Step: An Illustrated Guide

Implantable Cardioverter - Defibrillators Step by Step: An Illustrated Guide

Roland X. Stroobandt, S. Serge Barold, Alfons F. Sinnaeve

ISBN: 978-1-405-18638-4

Jan 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

438 pages

Out of stock



The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has undergone spectacular progress and has revolutionized the treatment of patients at risk of sudden cardiac death. In addition many heart failure patients now receive cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in conjunction with an ICD.

Although the number of ICD implantations is growing rapidly, the underlying technology and ICD function remain difficult to understand. Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators Step-by-Step takes the reader through the important aspects of ICD therapy step-by-step, using easily understandable full-page illustrations, accompanied by explanatory text and representative ICD tracings.

With the addition of an accompanying website, including all figures presented in the book and offering unlimited access to users, this book presents a unique value as a teaching aid, and is the perfect partner to Cardiac Pacing Step-by-Step published by the same authors.

This brand new book is an ideal reference for health care workers involved with ICD patients.





1. Cardiac tachyarrhythmias.

2. Indications.

3. ICD hardware Battery, capacitors and leads.

4. ICD implantation.

5. Sensing and detection.

6. SVT/VT discrimination.

7. ICD therapies.

8. ICD timing cycles.

9. Complications of ICD therapy.

10. Follow-up of ICDs.

11. Troubleshooting.

12. Special ICD functions and resynchronization therapy.

13. ICD function with emphasis on stored electrograms.

Representative examples 1 to 65.


1. Cardiac tachyarrhythmias.

2. Indications for ICD.

3. ICD hardware.

4. ICD implantation and lead systems.

5. Sensing and detection of ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation.

6. SVT/VT discrimination.

7. ICD therapies.

8. Timing cycles of ICDs.

9. Complications of ICD therapy.

10. ICD follow-up.

11. Troubleshooting.

12. Cardiac resynchronization.

13. Appendix A: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/European Society of Cardiology: 2006 Guidelines for the Management of Patients with Ventricular Arrhythmias and the Prevention of Sudden Death.

14. Appendix B: American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/Heart Rhythm Society: 2008 Guidelines for ICD and CRT.


"Overall, this is a good introductory book to ICD implantation and the relevant science behind its use." (Doody's Reviews, June 2009)

  • A step-by-step look at a growing and difficult to understand area

  • Covers important aspects of ICD and CRT therapy with full-page illustrations, accompanying text and representative ICD tracings

  • Offers free access to an accompanying website with unlimited access

  • Useful for all health care workers involved with ICD patients