Implantable CardioverterDefibrillator ICD or AICD

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD or AICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, also known as an ICD or AICD, is an apparatus that identifies a life-threatening, accelerated heartbeat. If a rapid heart beat is is identified by the apparatus, the defibrillator sends an electric shock to restore the rhythm to normal. The implanted defibrillator is surgically inserted in a space near the left shoulder. It uses electrodes leading from the veins to the heart to record the heartbeat and trigger a pacemaker if the heart is beating erratically. A 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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