After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Define ICDs, differentiate them from pacemakers and identify patients who need them.
  • Interpret device electrograms and detect arrhythmias.
  • Identify the most common discriminators, or tools, that ICDs use to determine the type of arrhythmia.
  • Tailor ICD settings to provide treatment for abnormal rhythm.
  • Troubleshoot the most common ICD issues.
  • Devise an appropriate treatment plan and answer the most common questions that ICD patients have.

Course downloads

ICD Essentials Cheat Sheet

Chapter 1

Understanding the basics of ICDs

This chapter is essential for understanding ICDs! Learn what an ICD is, how ICDs are different from pacemakers, how to identify a patient who needs one, and how ICDs are used.
6 Lessons (18m 05s)
Chapter 2

Detecting arrhythmias

This chapter introduces you to how ICDs are able to see what the heart is doing! You will learn how ICDs detect arrhythmias and how to interpret device electrograms.
7 Lessons (25m 21s)
Chapter 3

Discriminating between different arrhythmias

We will teach you how you can use discriminators—the brains behind heart rhythm interpretation—to give your patient as normal a life as possible and avoid inappropriate therapy
7 Lessons (26m 18s)
Chapter 4

Treating arrhythmias

Recognizing an abnormal rhythm is step one—treating it is next! Learn how ICDs terminate dangerous arrhythmias and how you can tailor ICD settings to provide bespoke treatment.
5 Lessons (15m 03s)
Chapter 6

Managing patients with ICDs

Do you have a patient with an ICD that needs medical treatment? Learn how external factors affect ICDs so that you can devise an appropriate treatment plan and answer your patient’s questions!
7 Lessons (20m 18s)