A 56-year-old man with ischemic cardiomyopathy, a biventricular implantable cardioverterdefibrillator (ICD), and a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) developed a pocket hematoma and infection after an ICD generator change. The biventricular ICD was extracted, and the patient was given a full course of antibiotics. Because he had no indications for bradycardia pacing or biventricular pacing, he was implanted with a subcutaneous ICD under full anticoagulation. There was no interference in sensing or shock delivery from the ICD. The LVAD readings were unchanged during and after the procedure. The patient had an uneventful postoperative course, and both devices were functioning normally. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of the implantation of a subcutaneous ICD in the presence of an LVAD. This report illustrates that both devices can be implanted successfully in the same patient. In addition, the subcutaneous ICD minimizes the risk of bloodstream infections, which can be fatal in patients who have life-supporting devices such as an LVAD.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine