Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibillator (AICD)
|The AICD is an implantable electronic device designed to monitor heart rhythm and determine if it is abnormal and needs correction. If the AICD senses that the rhythm is abnormal, it will deliver an “internal” shock(s) to the heart to correct the problem. The unit then resets itself.
The AICD is a pulse generator about the size and shape of a deck of cards and weighs about 1/2 pound. The pulse generator is placed in the abdomen just underneath the skin and is connected to the heart by leads. The lead system sends electrical signals from the heart to the pulse generator, which continuously monitors the heart rhythm.
The AICD implant involves an operation. Physicians make the decision about what kind of surgery is best based on:
What to expect during this procedure
What to expect after this procedure