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Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are used to treat harmful heart rhythm disturbances. They monitor the heart rhythm and respond to rapid heart rhythms by delivering electrical impulses to the heart.

An ICD looks similar to a pacemaker but is slightly bigger. It consists of a pulse generator (battery box), surgically inserted just beneath the skin by your collarbone, and electrical leads that connect the pulse generator to the tissues inside the heart. 

All people with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and other implanted cardiac devices need regular monitoring to ensure the device is working correctly. Device follow-up can be done in person or via remote monitoring equipment if suitable.

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