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Implantable cardioverter defibrillators

A CPD article improved Helen Ballantyne’s understanding of the effects of implantable cardioverter defibrillators on patients’ quality of life.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators

A CPD article improved Helen Ballantyne’s understanding of the effects of implantable cardioverter defibrillators on patients’ quality of life

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article discussed the factors associated with health-related quality of life in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In my practice, I discuss ICDs regularly with patients who have these devices and with those who may require them imminently. The article provided information that will enable me to ensure these discussions are person-centred.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

I learned that how patients view their ICD may differ, depending on their clinical history. Patients who have experienced a cardiac arrest often perceive their ICD to be a life-saving device and are

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