An ICD procedure, like any other procedure, comes with a set of hazards, which include:

  • Infection at the implant site
  • Allergic reaction to the anaesthetics used during the operation
  • Swelling, bleeding, or bruising around the site of your ICD implantation
  • Damage to the vein where your ICD leads are placed
  • Bleeding around your heart, which is life threatening
  • The ICD lead is leaking blood through the cardiac valve where it is attached.
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)

Reference: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). (2021, August 27). Retrieved from