Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

 


Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

An ICD is an implantable device, similar to the pacemakers, used for the detection and treatment of abnormalities of the cardiac rhythem which could otherwise prove to be life threatening if left untreated. An ICD reverts such abnormalities by discharging an electric shock. It is commonly implanted for patients who are at high risk of sudden cardiac death such as patients who have survived cardiac arrest and some patients with serious underlying heart diseases. A patient with an ICD should avoid driving, at least, 6 months after the implantation.



Cardiac resynchronization therapy(CRT)

It is a type of pacemaker used for the treatment of selected patients with medically refractory heart failure.

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