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Subcutaneous ICD may be a better option for some heart rhythm patients: the device's lead is not in direct contact with the heart, unlike the more ... An article from: Heart Advisor [HTML] [Digital]

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Most implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) work by using thin, insulated wires that are fed into the heart through veins and administer a shock to the heart when it the devices detect a life-threatening arrhythmia. But a new type of ICD requires a less invasive procedure to implant it, and can shock the heart back into a healthy rhythm without having a lead actually enter the heart.

Subcutaneous ICDs, as opposed to the traditional transvenous ICDs, use a single, insulated wire that is tunneled under the skin from the ICD generator, which is implanted with just a few small incisions under the arm. That lead, instead of being placed in the heart cavity, is guided up along the sternum. The...

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