Devices for Arrhythmia

Updated:Dec 21,2016

In a medical emergency, life-threatening arrhythmias may be stopped by giving the heart an electric shock (as with a defibrillator).

For people with recurrent arrhythmias, medical devices such as a pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can help by continuously monitoring the heart's electrical system and providing automatic correction when an arrhythmia starts to occur.

This section covers everything you need to know about these devices.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Pacemakers This content was last reviewed September 2016.


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