Living with heart disease can be frightening. For some patients, it means being at risk for dangerously fast and potentially life-threatening heart rates such as tachycardia. Fortunately, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) can provide protection and life-saving therapy, giving you greater peace of mind.
Tachycardia is a fast or irregular heart rhythm, causing the heart to beat 100 beats per minute and with as many as 400 beats per minute. At these fast and elevated rates, the heart is not able to efficiently pump oxygen-rich blood through the body.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a tiny computer device, plus a battery, contained in a titanium small metal case that is about the size of a pocket watch. It typically weighs about 3 ounces.
An ICD is designed to treat dangerously fast heart rates such as ventricular tachycardia. It continuously monitors your heart and restores your heart to its normal heart rate. It’s like having an emergency response team with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.