Implantable defibrillation and thromboembolic events

G. Benedini, A. Marchini, A. Curnis, F. Bianchetti, A. Gardini, P. Pinetti, E. Zanelli

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In ICD patients thromboembolic events (TEEs) are described as possible complications at implant or during the follow-up. We report four cases of TEEs (two peripheral and two cerebral; 6.5% of patients) that occurred in our series during a mean follow-up of 19.4 months. The patients had chronic postinfarction LV aneurysm (3) and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (1). None had previous embolisms nor evidence of left atrial or LV clots at standard preoperative transthoracic echocardiography. No paroxysms of atrial fibrillation were documented prior or after ICD implant. We discuss the possible causes of embolization and the suitability of anticoagulant therapy in ICD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number1 II
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • implantable cardioverter defibrillator
  • thromboembolism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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