Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)

Wiping Out Heart Arrhythmias

Many medical dramas on TV or in the movies feature defibrillation or “shock” paddles when someone is in the midst of a cardiac arrest. Similarly, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. It delivers energy to the heart muscle once it detects a very fast, abnormal rhythm.

In this white board session, Walid Saliba, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Electrophysiology Lab and Co-Director of the Ventricular Arrhythmia Center, explains how this lifesaving electrical shock puts the heart back into a normal rhythm.