[ICD vs. Pacemaker]

Author: Amy Woods (164.119.203.---)

Date: 04-29-02 12:13

What is the difference between an ICD and a pacemaker?


[Re: ICD vs. Pacemaker]

Author: lisa (208.47.172.---)

Date: 04-29-02 14:16

There is a world of difference. A pacemaker regulates the heart rythm, it can make the heart beat a a specifiic rate or regulate the "timing" - for lack of a better word - of the beats. Pacemaker can not stop a rythm that is out of control, nor provide life saving shocks.

ICD's depending on features monitor the heart rate and rythm and can provide life saving shocks in the event your heart beat becomes dangerous / life threatening.

Some ICD's have pacemaker options within them.

Best wishes,

Lisa Salberg