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Is an ICD different than a pacemaker?

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An ICD is different from a pacemaker. Both are devices your doctor can implant under your skin to treat arrhythmias. But a pacemaker can usually only help your heart if it’s beating too slowly. An ICD is actually bigger, and can have a pacemaker built into it.

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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