Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation //
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator or ICD, is a specialised type of pacemaker that not only regulates the heart rate and regularity but can also deliver an electric shock to the heart if it where ever to go into a dangerous life threatening heart rhythm.
ICDs are generally recommended for in patients who have either survived a cardiac arrest in the past or in those who are at high risk of a cardiac arrest in the future due to the severity of their heart condition.
Implanting one of these devices is similar to having a pacemaker fitted.
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