Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defribrillator

Automatic Implantable Cardioverter DefribrillatorA battery-powered pulse generator is implanted in a pouch under the skin of the chest or abdomen, often just below the collarbone. The generator is about the size of a pocket watch. Wires or leads run from the pulse generator to positions on the surface of or inside the heart and can be installed through blood vessels, eliminating the need for open-chest surgery.It knows when the heartbeat is not normal and tries to return the heartbeat to normal. If your ICD has a pacemaker feature when your heartbeat is too slow, it works as a pacemaker and sends tiny electric signals to your heart. When your heartbeat is too fast or chaotic, it gives defibrillation shocks to stop the abnormal rhythm. It works 24 hours a day. New devices also provide モoverdriveヤ pacing to electrically convert a sustained ventricular tachycardia (fast heart rhythm) and "backup" pacing if bradycardia (slow heart rhythm) occurs. They also offer a host of other sophisticated functions such as storage of detected arrhythmic events and the ability to perform electrophysiologic testing. Stored information can help your doctor optimize the ICD for your needs. You most likely can resume a near normal lifestyle. But, it is best to ask your doctor what types of machines or equipment you should avoid. Also ask what you can and cannot do when you have an ICD. Read about living with an ICD. Download ICD Questions to Ask Your Doctor for suggested questions for your healthcare providers

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