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About Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Tachycardia (Fast Heartbeat)

Does your health history put you at risk for sudden cardiac arrest? If so, your doctor may prescribe an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). ICDs may terminate 98% of potentially life-threatening arrhythmias.

What Is It?

An ICD is an implantable heart device about the size of a pocket watch. It is implanted under the skin typically just below the collarbone on the left or right side of your chest.


Our Implantable Defibrillators

An ICD continuously monitors your heart. If a dangerous and potentially life-threatening heart rate is detected, an electrical signal is sent to correct it.

More: CareLink® Remote Monitoring Network

Benefits and Risks

As with any medical procedure, there are benefits and risks with ICD therapy. Talk to your doctor to determine if implantable defibrillator therapy is right for you.


Questions and Answers

You may have a variety of questions and concerns if your doctor has advised you that an ICD may be the best course of treatment for you.


Personal Stories

Read about the experiences of people who have received our products and therapies. You'll learn first-hand what life was like for these particular patients, both before and after treatment.


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.