Automation Implantable Cardiac Deflablator(AICD)
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD or AICD) is a permanent device in which a lead (wire) inserts into the right ventricle and monitors the heart rhythm. It is implanted similar to a single chamber pacemaker and the generator lays in the upper chest area and venous access is through the subclavian vein. Therapies are delivered in the form of anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) or shocks to convert to sinus rhythm from sustained ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, both of which are life-threatening rhythms.
Automated Implantable cardiac (cardioverter) defibrillators facts:
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can prevent death from cardiac arrest.
- Cardiac arrest due to life-threatening fast heart rhythms is the most common cause of death in India.
- ICDs are implanted in the chest in a manner similar to that of pacemakers.
- ICDs deliver electrical pulses or shocks to the heart to convert a life-threatening fast rhythm to a normal rhythm.
- Certain electrical equipment with strong magnetic fields can interfere with ICDs, but most household appliances in good order are safe.