I know I am at risk, having the gene associated with a certain channelopothy linked to sudden cardiac death and my ekg shows what could be called a slight abnormality so I have been recommended by a great expert to get an ICD. But I cannot find any cases of ICD's saving anyone. I have found lots of people getting shocks from their implanted cardioverter defibrillator but know one seems to be sure if it was needed therapy or a malfinction. Niether on line or from my doctors can I get a picture of how many people wind up actually being saved. More and more the ICD which i have not gotten yet is feeling like home insurance. I have home insurance because if the house burned down I would lose everything but my house will likely never burn down and the only reason i really have it is because the mortgage requires it.
Has anyone else noticed that there is so little evidence of ICDs saving anyone, ever? I love the idea of them, seems like beautiful useful technology but man oh man I do not want wires in my veins plugged into my heart and a heavy metal case shifting around under my skin if i can get away with not having them.