ICD Support Group - Information and support

Assessing fitness to drive

Fitness to driveAll patients with ICDs or CRT-Ds have restrictions on driving imposed by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency).

They cannot drive after receiving a shock from their defibrillator.

We will need to assess you in Pacing Clinic to assess why you received a shock, and if it was appropriate, and this will dictate how long you must refrain from driving.

For the most current fitness to drive criteria please see UK Government website > Assessing fitness to drive (www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/medical/ataglance.aspx)

Benefits of being more active

Benefits of being more activeA presentation by Stephanie Taylor RGN, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist Nurse.

Benefits of being more active

British Heart Foundation: Pacemakers and ICDs

BHF - ICD videoA useful guide to pacemakers and ICDs, including an excellent video featuring a patient's experience of the procedure.

British Heart Foundation: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/treatments/implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator) 

Coping with my Partner's ICD and Cardiac Disease

Cardiology Patient PageA Cardiology Patient Page published in Circulation, the American Heart Association website.

Coping with my Partner's ICD and Cardiac Disease


Heart failure - an overview

Heart failure - an overviewA presentation on Heart Failure from the ICD support group in February 2016 by Harriet McCullough, Heart function specialist nurse.

It looks at an overview of heart failure, patient symptoms and treatment.

Heart failure - an overview 

LIFT Psychology Swindon

LIFT Psychology Swindon 200This free NHS service provides support and advice to patients with any long-term condition.

LIFT Psychology Swindon (https://lift-swindon.awp.nhs.uk/)

NHS Choices: Pacemaker implantation

NHS Choices - pacemakerA comprehensive guide to having a pacemaker implanted.

NHS Choices > Pacemaker implantation (www.nhs.uk/conditions/

NHS Choices: Pacemaker implantation - recovery

NHS Choices - pacemaker recoveryComprehensive information for patients after the implantation, including a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions. 

NHS Choices > Pacemaker implantation - recovery (www.nhs.uk/Conditions/PacemakerImplantation

Further information

For information on the wider aspects of the health of your heart please see Heart Function Service > Information and support.


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