- Defibrillators are devices that send an electric pulse or
shock to the heart to restore a normal heartbeat. They are used to prevent or
correct an arrhythmia, an uneven heartbeat that is too slow or too fast. If the
heart suddenly stops, defibrillators can also help it beat again. Different
types of defibrillators work in different ways.
- Other defibrillators can prevent sudden death among people
who have a high risk of a life-threatening arrhythmia. They include implantable
cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), which are surgically placed inside your
body, and wearable cardioverter defibrillators (WCDs), which rest on the body.
It can take time and effort to get used to living with a defibrillator, and it
is important to be aware of possible complications.
Benefits & Features
- Defibrillation can save your life if you receive it within
the first 10 minutes of having ventricular fibrillation , also Treatment with a
defibrillator can reduce the risk of sudden death by terminating ventricular
arrhythmias. The identification of patient groups in whom this function reduces
overall mortality is challenging.