Living with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator: The Road to Resilience

Serena Santagostino, Giada Pietrabissa, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Francesco Borgia

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This chapter recounts the story of my brother Valerio, a carrier of Brugada syndrome, and his experience with the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). My name is Serena, I am a 25 year old psychologist, and with the present contribution I would like to give the reader an idea of what it means to face, from both my personal point of view and, indirectly, though my brother’s words, the diagnosis of a genetic disease that makes ICD implantation necessary to survive. Specifically, I would like to try to explain how the implantation of the device affects the individual’s life, relationships, and even parenting; but also how a person can successfully learn to live with a defibrillator, seeing the ICD as an important resource.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospitePsychological, Emotional, Social and Cognitive Aspects of Implantable Cardiac Devices
Numero di pagine11
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Brugada syndrome
  • Clinical Case
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defribilator
  • Psychocardiology


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