Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator ICD or AICD
 
 

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, also known as an ICD, is an apparatus that identifies a life-threatening, accelerated heartbeat. It is surgically inserted in a space near the left shoulder. If a rapid heart beat is is identified, the defibrillator sends an electric shock to restore the rhythm to normal. It uses electrodes leading from the veins to the heart to record the heartbeat and trigger a pacemaker if the heart is beating erratically. An implanted defibrillator is used for indviduals at risk for cardiac episodes, those who've already had heart attacks, had heart failure, have heart muscle disease or had life-threatening heart incidents with abnormal heartbeats.

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