Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device, similar to a pacemaker that is implanted under the skin, often in the shoulder area just under the collarbone. An ICD senses the rate of the heartbeat. When the heart rate exceeds a rate programmed into the device, it delivers a small, electrical shock to the heart to slow the heart rate. Many newer ICDs can also function as a pacemaker by delivering an electrical signal to regulate a heart rate that is too slow. ICDs are typically used for fast arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia.

For more information on ICDs visit:

•    Boston Scientific
•    Heart Rhytm Society
•    Medtronic
•    St. Jude Medical
•    Heartistry Videos

If you have an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) and play sports, the ICD Sports Registry may be of interest to you


Pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small device that's placed under the skin of your chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.


Pacemakers are used to treat heart rhythms that are too slow, fast, or irregular. These abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs). Pacemakers can relieve some symptoms related to arrhythmias, such as fatigue (tiredness) and fainting. A pacemaker can help a person who has an abnormal heart rhythm resume a more active lifestyle.

 

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