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Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2000 Jun;23(6):1057-9.

Use of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator in a patient with two implanted neurostimulators for severe Parkinson's disease.

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Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium.


We report a patient with Parkinson's disease treated with two pectorally implanted neurostimulators (NSs) who presented with a life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmia in whom an abdominal ICD was implanted. Testing during implantation showed that the NS did not affect the bipolar sensing of the ICD, even when the NSs were set at a frequency of 130 pulses/s with an output of 5 V and pulse width of 0.21 ms in a bipolar and a unipolar configuration. The ICD shock, however, did affect both NSs: there was a reset to the output Off state and there was a reset of the electrode polarities.

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