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What is the epicardial approach to implanting an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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Epicardial means outside your heart. This way of implanting an ICD requires open-heart surgery, and doctors rarely do it. Instead of placing the lead through a vein and guiding it to the heart, your doctor sews it onto your heart.

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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