An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a device used to monitor heartbeat and heart rhythm. It is placed under the skin and attached to the heart through the veins with small wires. The device emits an electrical pulse if the heart beats with a dangerous rhythm or if the heart stops. The electrical pulse shocks the heart back to a normal rhythm.
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What is it called when my heart valve leaks and does not close properly?
Regurgitation is the term for a heart valve that leaks and does not close all the way. Blood leaks back through the heart valve after it closes. When the valve regurgitates, the supply of oxygen-rich blood moving through the heart is reduced, which can cause a person to feel fatigued or out of breath. Some valve conditions can be life-threatening so proper treatment is key. Staying healthy and active requires good circulation of oxygen-rich blood. Heart valves play a critical role in this process.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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