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About Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)

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

A Medtronic 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 implantable defibrillator therapy. Talk to your doctor to determine if implantable cardioverter 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.

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.