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AICD (Automated Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator)

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An Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator is an electronic device that is implanted in the chest to treat patients suffering from arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). Light sedation is given prior to implantation in order to help the patient relax during the entire implantation process. With a local anaesthetic, the collar bone is numbed and a small cut (5-8cms) is made to insert the device through a vein right into the heart.