The Young ICD Connection started in 1997 at the University of Michigan for ICD recipients, their family members and friends. Our goal is to educate in a festive yet relaxed atmosphere while connecting with others who share similar experiences.
An ICD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) is a small device which is implanted in patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation. The difference between an ICD and a pacemaker is that pacemakers are more often temporary and generally designed to consistently correct bradycardia, while ICDs are often permanent safeguards against sudden abnormalities.
People who have ICD's live full and happy lives since the ICD usually improves the person's quality of life. Living with an ICD does have some restrictions. For those who are 50 years of age and younger, being an ICD recipient carries with it a sense of isolation as well as difficulty dealing with the physical restrictions imposed by the device. Since the number of people in this age group is small, the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital hosts the ICD Connection which is designed to gather young ICD recipients together for an exchange of ideas, education, and support.
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