Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
An ICD is surgically implanted under the skin. It continually monitors the heartbeat and delivers a shock to the heart when it detects a dangerous rhythm. The shocks can be painful, like a kick in the chest. Medicines can be given to try to reduce how often the person experiences the irregular heartbeats that trigger the device to deliver a shock.
Source: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health. nhlbi.nih.gov
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