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What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator?

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In brief: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is similar to a pacemaker. If your doctor thinks you may be at risk of a ventricular arrhythmia, you may be fitted with an ICD.
This can monitor your heart rhythm and deliver a small electric shock to correct your heartbeat if it detects a problem. ICDs are usually fitted under local anaesthetic in the same way as a pacemaker.
Availability and use of different treatments may vary from country to country. Ask your doctor for advice on your treatment options.

In brief: Implantable cardioverter defibrillator

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is similar to a pacemaker. If your doctor thinks you may be at risk of a ventricular arrhythmia, you may be fitted with an ICD.
This can monitor your heart rhythm and deliver a small electric shock to correct your heartbeat if it detects a problem. ICDs are usually fitted under local anaesthetic in the same way as a pacemaker.
Availability and use of different treatments may vary from country to country. Ask your doctor for advice on your treatment options.
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