Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators ICD
 
 

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators, also known as ICDs, are apparatus that identifies a life-threatening, accelerated heartbeat.The implanted defibrillator 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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