Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Arrhythmia Defibrillator

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is an implanted electronic device that monitors the heart and rapidly detects ventricular fibrillation, the underlying cause of sudden cardiac death. Should fibrillation occur, the ICD generates a counter-shock, forcing the heart to beat normally.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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