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How quickly can an ICD work?

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Your ICD can usually restore your normal heartbeat with just one shock. Sometimes you might get two or more shocks in a 24-hour period. This is called an “ICD storm.” You should get emergency medical care if this ever happens.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?”

Mayo Clinic: “Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Frequently Asked Questions”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?”

Mayo Clinic: “Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Pacemakers and Defibrillators: Frequently Asked Questions”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 2, 2019

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