doctor places an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (also called an ICD) in
the chest. The ICD has one or two wires called leads that connect to the heart
through the subclavian vein. The ICD checks the heartbeat for an abnormal rhythm. If the ICD
senses an abnormal heart rhythm, it sends out either electrical pulses or a
shock to fix it.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerStephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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