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Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator and Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

If you’re found to be at high risk of SCA, your healthcare provider may advise you to get an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (lCD). An lCD is a device that is placed under the skin in your chest. ICDs can be small and thin and relatively comfortable for patients. It treats SCA by monitoring your heart rhythm and sending out electronic signals to disrupt dangerously fast rhythms that may lead to SCA. Although your healthcare provider may prescribe other treatments, an lCD is the most effective. ICDs can last a long time, some as long as 10 years, before needing to be replaced. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if an ICD device is a good option to you.

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Information provided by the Heart Rhythm Society website