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April 06, 2020  
HEART ATTACK CENTER: Anatomy > Implantable Defibrillator
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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
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What is an Implantable Defibrillator?

The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is installed in the chest area to check for and correct an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia. In particular an ICD checks for a fast heartbeat, called tachycardia. If one is detected, the device will send a shock to the heart to return it to the correct rhythm.

  • Learn more about ICDs
  • ICD may help patients with low
         ejection fraction.

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