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What is a defibrillator?

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are heart devices surgically implanted under the skin to stop dangerous arrhythmias and slow down heart rates that are too fast. 

The device has a set of wires called leads and a small metal box called the pulse generator. This box contains an electrical circuit and a battery to run the defibrillator. Batteries in ICDs need regular replacing to keep the device functioning at all times.

How do you change the battery in a defibrillator?

How long does the battery last in a defibrillator?

When should a defibrillator battery be replaced?

Can a defibrillator stop working?

What happens when a defibrillator battery dies?

How often should defibrillators be checked?

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