What does it feel like to have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?
You may or may not notice when your ICD detects and corrects your heart rhythm. Often it depends on the type of therapy you get.
- Pacing. You may or may not feel the impulses -- usually they aren't detectable.
- Defibrillation. The shock feels like a kick in the chest but only lasts for a moment. Some people describe the sensation as feeling like a shock from an electrical outlet.
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