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.