How Does an Implantable Defibrillator Work?
” Implantable defibrillators are similar to pacemakers. In fact, most implantable defibrillators can duplicate the functions performed by the pacemaker. Implantable defibrillators monitor heart rhythm. They can administer shocks if programmed to do so. Most implantable defibrillators are programmed to deliver an unsynchronized shock upon detection of ventricular fibrillation. Keep in mind that the majority of defibrillators are implanted after someone has already experienced at least one heart attack or other serious heart problem. Some heart attack victims have experienced problems with implantable defibrillators. One such problem is when the defibrillator delivers shocks constantly or at inappropriate times. This problem can usually be corrected fairly easy. In fact, most emergency response personnel are trained in reprogramming or resetting implantable defibrillators. Another potential complication is infection. If an implantable defibrillator becomes infected, it has to be surgical