Is an AICD the same as a pacemaker? An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) looks similar to a pacemaker, though slightly larger. It works very much like a pacemaker. But the ICD can send an energy shock that resets an abnormal heartbeat back to normal. Many devices combine a pacemaker and ICD in one unit for people who need both functions.
Can you have an AICD and a pacemaker? Yes, this is safe. Most pacemakers and ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) are implanted in the upper left side of the chest. During CPR, chest compressions are done in the centre of the chest and should not affect a pacemaker or ICD that has been in place for a while.
Are ICD and AICD the same? An automated implantable defibrillator (ICD or AICD) is a device inserted into the chest to help fix fast, abnormal heart rhythms. These irregular heart patterns are called arrythmia.
Which is better ICD or pacemaker? ICDs often have Pacemakers built into them, so they can do everything a Pacemaker can, plus a bit more. Whereas a Pacemaker can only deliver low-level electrical pulses, an ICD can deliver both low-level and high-level electrical pulses.