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An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a device that is planted near the collar bone. It sends electric shocks through the heart to stabilize the erratic beating back to normal.
Arrhythmia, that is, the irregular beating of the heart is a condition which can turn fatal and can even cause sudden death. An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a device that is planted near the collar bone. It sends electric shocks through the heart to stabilize the erratic beating back to normal.
A similar device known as the Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator (SICD), works alike but is placed just under the chest skin.
Doctors may recommend the insertion of an ICD if
Generally before the surgery following standard tests are done
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator surgery is a minor one, and is done under the influence of local anaesthesia.
After the surgery, the patient is kept under hospital care for about a day or two. During this period the heart beat is regulated and the ICD device is checked for effective functioning. Patients are recommended to arrange for a relative or friend to drive them home.
There can be swelling and pain over a few weeks, in the region where the ICD is placed, but it goes away with time.
After ICD implantation, the doctor will advise
The risks of ICD are
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