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What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

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Dr. Eric Rashba
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Life saver

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) system has leads (wires) that are inserted through the veins under the collarbone and threaded to the heart.
The leads are attached to a box that goes under the skin. The box has a computer that continuously monitors the signals from your heart for a dangerous arrhythmia. If this occurs, the icd stops the arrhythmia by delivering an internal shock.

In brief: Life saver

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd) system has leads (wires) that are inserted through the veins under the collarbone and threaded to the heart.
The leads are attached to a box that goes under the skin. The box has a computer that continuously monitors the signals from your heart for a dangerous arrhythmia. If this occurs, the icd stops the arrhythmia by delivering an internal shock.
Dr. Eric Rashba
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: ICD

Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs.
If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives.

In brief: ICD

Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs.
If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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