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Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are invaluable for protecting a patient from sudden cardiac arrest.  

How does an ICD work?

These small devices, about the size of a pager, are implanted below the collarbone.  Wires from the device are led to the heart to continuously monitor the heart’s rhythm.  If a dangerous arrhythmia begins, the heart is shocked back into the correct rhythm.  These devices also keep a record of the heart’s rhythms which can be wirelessly transmitted for analysis by the cardiologist.

Your heart health is critical: Make an appointment with a cardiologist at the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute today.

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