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An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or icd, is a small device that can automatically detect abnormally fast heart rhythms and stop them with a rapid pulse of paced beats or a shock. It monitors the heart rate and delivers the treatment through special wires, or leads, that may be attached to the inside or outside of the heart or placed under the skin. Most icds ...Read more
Terminate arrhythmia: These are devices which may detect and automatically treat malignant (life-threatening) arrhythmias. Those include ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. They use either bursts of rapid pacing or one or more high energy shocks. Patients receive these either after an arrhythmic event or prophylactically because they are at risk for these arrhythmias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Defibrillator: Leads and generator.Get a more detailed answer ›
I Agree, and...: I agree with dr. Hahn's answer and would add that the earlier devices used an electrical pulse which is inferior to the one currently used. The result was that more energy was required for a successful shock and more patients could not be successfully shocked out of a dangerous rhythm on the first attempt. The earlier devices also had no ability to tell safe from dangerous rhythms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sedation: The patient is sedated or anesthetized. Incision is made. Venous access is done. Needle, introducers, and wires are passed to proper position with fluoroscopic - xray control and tested electronically. Then a device nice - the aicd is attached. The wound is closed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Why would the implantable cardioverter-defibrillator not start a pacemaker when the pacemaker shut off?
???: I think there may be some confusion. An implanted cardio-verter defibrillator delivers a shock when certain rhythms are detected per the parameters or threshholds set by the cardiologist. The pacemaker paces the heart - the pacemaker would only 'shut off' if it was end of life, i.e. Expired battery. The icd is a pacemaker and a defibrillator and they serve two functions, both tied to heart rhythm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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