Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

An Implant Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD) is a pager-size device that is placed in the chest of a patient suffering from heartbeat ailments. If the patient’s lower heart chambers (ventricles) go in a dangerous rhythm or stop beating due to cardiac arrest, the patient might need an ICD implant. It is also required by patients who have a fatally fast heartbeat (called ventricular tachycardia) or in the case of a chaotic heartbeat that might not allow the heart to supply enough blood to the other parts of the body (ventricular fibrillation). The device detects abnormal heartbeats and stops arrhythmias while continuously monitoring the heartbeat. It also helps in restoring a normal heart rhythm when necessary by delivering electrical pulses. This device is different from a pacemaker. It is the size of a pack of playing cards and contains a small box with a computer and a battery. The device is programmed to give a shock if the heart rate exceeds the given figure for more than a stipulated amount of time. If your heart rhythm becomes erratic, you may faint and wake up when the device has given a shock.

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