TY - CHAP A1 - Alan Robert Denniss A2 - Robert Zecchin ED1 - Natalia Trayanova Y1 - 2011-09-26 PY - 2011 T1 - Cardiac Rehabilitation for Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator N2 - The only known effective therapy for lethal disturbances in cardiac rhythm is de?brillation, the delivery of a strong electric shock to the heart. This technique constitutes the most important means for prevention of sudden cardiac death. The efficacy of defibrillation has led to an exponential growth in the number of patients receiving implantable devices. The objective of this book is to present contemporary views on the basic mechanisms by which the heart responds to an electric shock, as well as on the challenges and implications of clinical defibrillation. Basic science chapters elucidate questions such as lead configurations and the reasons by which a defibrillation shock fails. Chapters devoted to the challenges in the clinical procedure of defibrillation address issues related to inappropriate and unnecessary shocks, complications associated with the implantation of cardioverter/defibrillator devices, and the application of the therapy in pediatric patients and young adults. The book also examines the implications of defibrillation therapy, such as patient risk stratification, cardiac rehabilitation, and remote monitoring of patient with implantable devices. BT - Cardiac Defibrillation SP - Ch. 15 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/20765 DO - 10.5772/20765 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-06-13 ER -