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What types of defibrillators are there?
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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Internal & external
Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows.
They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock.

In brief: Internal & external
Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows.
They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Defibrillators
We have implantable defibrillators which are combination pacemakers and defibrillators.
Within this group are subtypes. There are three types of external defibrillator. One is a vest worn on the outside that functions like the internal; this isn't for long term use. Then there is the AED automatic external defibrillator for lay people to use and the external defibrillators for medical staff.

In brief: Defibrillators
We have implantable defibrillators which are combination pacemakers and defibrillators.
Within this group are subtypes. There are three types of external defibrillator. One is a vest worn on the outside that functions like the internal; this isn't for long term use. Then there is the AED automatic external defibrillator for lay people to use and the external defibrillators for medical staff.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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