An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is a tool that's positioned completely inside your body. There are 2 types of ICD electric signals: Rapid pacing to override the heart's fast rhythm; An electrical shock to reset the heart's rhythm. Both of these techniques help bring the heart's rhythm back to normal. The ICD is put inside your body throughout a small surgery called implantation. Follow your health care provider's guidelines on what medications to take in advance. You might be asked to shower with antibacterial soap the night prior to your treatment and the early morning of the procedure. Ask your provider if they want you to use a certain type of soap. Your provider might ask you to use tidy bed sheets and pajamas the night prior to the treatment. The ICD is usually placed on the left side of your breast. Putting the ICD in your body doesn't need open heart surgical procedure. The medical care provider makes a cut in the skin below your collarbone. The provider threads a cord through the incision into a blood vessel in the top breast. Depending on the number of leads your ICD has, this process might be duplicated to guide introduces other chambers. The provider connects the result in the heart muscle mass so they'll stay in place. Then the provider puts the generator in its pocket under the skin. The provider might begin a quick heart rhythm to test the ICD. In some cases, the ICD can be placed in a different part of the body. This ICD doesn't need any lead to remain in the heart itself.
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