Your heart’s rhythm is too important to be out of sync
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. At Novant Health, your heart and vascular health is a top priority. We are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions.
At our state-of-the-art facilities, our expert clinicians are equipped to provide you with the latest heart and vascular tests and treatments – including minimally invasive heart surgery and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.
What is an ICD?
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. When it detects abnormal heartbeats, it delivers energy to your heart. This causes your heart to beat normal again.
Why is an ICD needed?
Much like a pacemaker, the ICD is used to treat life-threatening heart rhythms occurring in the heart’s lower chambers. They are often used in these situations:
- The heart has stopped
- Rapid, abnormal heart rhythms that cannot be controlled by drugs or other approaches
- Very weak heart muscle causing increased risk of dangerous heart rhythms
To learn more about ICDs or any of our other heart treatments, contact the Novant Health location nearest you.