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automatic implantable defribillator

P E Thomsen, H Allermand, H R Andersen
Ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation can be converted to sinus rhythm by DC-countershock. An implantable cardioverter defribillator (ICD) has been developed. The apparatus monitors the heart rhythm continuously, detects ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and delivers one or more DC-counter shocks a few seconds after the dysrhythm has started. This always ensures rapid treatment, even if the patients is outside hospital. Two case histories are presented and the ICD treatment is discussed...
November 13, 1989: Ugeskrift for Laeger
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