The Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator
The automatic implantable defibrillator1 is a self-contained diagnostic-therapeutic system designed to continuously monitor the heart, identify ventricular fibrillation and potentially lethal ventricular tachycardias, and then to deliver electrical discharges to restore normal rhythm [1–3]. The main objective of this device is to protect high-risk patients from sudden cardiac death whenever and wherever they are striken by the lethal arrhythmia. Because the device performs its functions promptly and automatically, the constraints of time and the need for trained personnel, the two major stumbling blocks in conventional out-of-hospital resuscitation, are largely eliminated.
KeywordsVentricular Tachycardia Ventricular Fibrillation Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Fast Rhythm Ventricular Tachycar
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