An implantable cardioverter defibrillator or the ICDS is a small device, which is placed on either your chest or the abdomen. The cardiologist would make use of this device to treat irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. The entire process is known as Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICDS) Treatment. It makes use of electrical pulses or shocks that are known to control and also help in preventing risks of life-threatening arrhythmias, these are particularly the ones that cause a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). In this condition the heart stops beating randomly. Hence death is possible if treatment doesn't start in a few minutes. Using the above treatment, it is possible to control and prevent these risks. The ICDS works by switching modes as per your heart beats. The insulation of this cardiac defibrillator requires a surgery. It can take about an hour or two or even longer depending on your condition. Anaesthesia is also given and the patient would be under observation for a few days. Post your cardiac arrhythmias you have to go for follow up appointments every 3 months. Doing so helps to monitor your health. Also, after the treatment you can resume your regular physical activities after your doctor's approval. With reduced risks of cardiac arrests and other similar heart issues, you would be able to continue with other physical activities and minimise the risks of SCA.
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