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Modern human life is driven by technology  . We are gradually taken over by gadgets .Heart is not an exception . Implantable cardiovertor defibrillator (ICD )  is major innovation  where in , an  electrically  wayward heart  is brought under control  by series of automatic shocks . One of my patients with old MI and significant LV  dysfunction for whom ICD was an option  taught me a lesson in physics  . During  counseling ,  he was asking me about  the quality of life issues etc .
ICD  shocks  during sex 2
First,   he wanted to know  how  stressful  the  sexual acts  are ?  . . .Then he  surprised me with this  question .  He wanted to know ,  the  risk of  developing a VT/VF  during the act and  will the ICD  shock  his spouse as  well ?  That was a real  cracker of  a  question  I thought .   I had to do  a mini  research   and found that  these are  low energy shocks (30 Joules)  and transmitted electrical injury is a non issue  .
I realised   then  . . .  we live in a era  where   physicians often get educated from their patients !
Here is the  FAQs on ICD from the patient pages of circulation . With  due courtesy I  reproduce it here.
ICD  shocks  during sex
Final message
ICD shocks are  low energy shocks delivered  Intra cardiac ,  and  rarely  reach the surface  ,  hence has little risk for electrical injury  for those in contact.
1. Vazquez LD, Sears SF, Shea JB, Vazquez PM. Sexual health for patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

2.Steinke EE. Sexual concerns of patients and partners after an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2003;22:89–96
3. A  review article on the  broad issue.
sexual activity in cardiovascular disease  circulation 2012

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