Patients with heart failure who are considering an ICD should refer to the information on this website. An ICD is a small device that is placed under the skin of the chest. Wires (called leads) connect the ICD to the heart. An ICD is designed to prevent an at-risk person from dying suddenly from a dangerous heart rhythm. When it senses a dangerous heart rhythm, an ICD gives the heart an electrical shock. It does this in order to get the heart to beat normally.
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