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PLANO

3801 West 15th Street

Building B, Suite 320

Plano, Texas 75075 

Phone: 972.985.8838

Fax: 844.292.1457

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ICD (IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR)

What is an ICD?

 

An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a small device implanted in the chest and delivers a low-energy electrical pulse to the heart to correct dangerous arrhythmias it detects. If it fails to restore a normal heartbeat, the ICD then switches to a high-energy pulse to defibrillate the heart. An ICD is similar to a pacemaker, but it’s able to act as both a pacemaker (low-energy pulses) and a defibrillator (high-energy pulses), while a pacemaker can only deliver low-energy pulses.