A defibrillator implant controls heart rhythm. It is placed under the skin of the chest in order to monitor the heart’s electrical activity. In the case of life-threatening heart rhythm changes, the implant sends pulses to make the heart beat normally again. Depending on what is needed, the pulses that are sent can range from small pulses of electricity to high shocks. The defibrillator implant unit consists of electrodes, a generator and batteries.
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A defibrillator implant is used to treat patients who suffer from arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat) or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. It is also utilized in patients who have had at least one episode of ventricular tachycardia or have had a heart attack and are at risk for sudden cardiac death.