Counselling Pre & Post Procedure

Rhythmia Breath helps our clients return to ‘normal life’ after having an ICD.

We offer support to clients who require an Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) or Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy with Defibrillator (CRT-D). 

The thought of requiring a defibrillator is usually daunting.  We will take time to explain the device, indication and procedure in full detail. During the initial consultation we will address practical day to day considerations such as driving, sport and exercise, travel, insurance, wound care, and what to do in the case of a shock.  Our aim is to overcome the stress and fear of experiencing life-threatening arrhythmias and our professional team can help address the challenges in adjusting the device.

Adjusting to a life with a device can be challenging.  Approximately 30% of patients with ICDs can experience some form of anxiety or distress after their device.  For this reason support should be continued post procedure and for as long as the patient requires.  Having adequate psychological and emotional support throughout the ICD journey is paramount to reduce the risk of depression and anxiety in ICD recipients.

The success of an ICD implant is not solely determined by the success of the procedure but also how well the patient accepts the device.  Acceptance of the device and the impact it has on lifestyle could positively influence the quality of life with those who have high positive health expectations and high optimism reporting better mental health and social functioning at follow up.

These consultations are run by our Specialist Arrhythmia Nurses who have extensive experience in the counselling and follow-up of ICD patients. ICDC scores will be used by our nurses to identify areas of concerns, allowing sessions to be tailored to each individual.  Family sessions are also available for support of the whole family.