When do I need to go to the ER after a shock?

Talk to your doctor or nurse about a “shock plan”— what you should do if your heart device delivers a therapy shock. Your doctor or nurse should give you specific instructions about when to contact your doctor if you have received a therapy shock. In general, follow these steps if you feel the symptoms of a rapid heart rhythm or if you receive a therapy shock: 1. Stay calm and move to where you can lie down or sit comfortably. 2. Have someone stay with you until you feel better. 3. If you receive more than one therapy shock or if you remain unconscious for more than 1 minute, have a companion call 911 for an ambulance. If you remain unconscious and you have no pulse, a companion trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should begin CPR immediately. When your heart starts beating again, your companion should stop CPR. Note: Anyone touching you during a therapy shock might feel your muscles contract slightly. They also might see you jump with a sudden start. A therapy shock will not harm a person touching you. 4. If you do not feel well after the shock, have someone call your doctor and take you to the hospital emergency room. 5. Follow your doctor’s or nurse’s directions after receiving a shock. The doctor or nurse may ask the following questions:• What were you doing right before the shock?• What symptoms did you notice before the shock?• How did you feel right after the shock?• How are you feeling right now?