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How do doctors implant an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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Your surgeon can implant your ICD in two ways, but the endocardial (transvenous) approach is most common.

Your surgeon makes a small cut under your collarbone, places the ICD into a vein, and guides it inside your heart chamber. The surgeon places the generator under skin in your upper chest and attaches it to the lead(s).

SOURCES: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on February 4, 2019

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