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Who can get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?

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ICDs are used for:

  • People who've had an episode of sudden cardiac arrest or ventricular fibrillation.
  • People who've had a heart attack and are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
  • People who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
  • People who have dilated cardiomyopathy with severely reduced heart function and are at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest.
  • People who've had at least one episode of ventricular tachycardia, an abnormal heart rhythm.

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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