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Will my AICD make my heart stronger?
Hello, Back in Nov. 29, 2012 my heart went into full ventricular tachycardia. I had an "AICD" implant, Dec.6, 2012. My question is will it help by making heart stronger?
submitted by William from Hilo, Hawaii on 5/22/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mehdi Razavi, MD
An AICD (automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator) in and of itself will not lead to improvement of cardiac function. If, however, it also has features of cardiac resynchronization therapy where pacing is performed in both lower chambers [left and right ventricles], then there is about a 70% chance of improvement in cardiac function.
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Updated June 2013