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Is your heart out of rhythm?

An ICD can be lifesaving, but it can have unique risks for women.

Our heart normally beats to a steady lub-dub, lub-dub rhythm. Yet in some of us, the heart beats faster or in a different pattern than usual. This is called an abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia.

If you have an arrhythmia, your cardiologist might treat it with anti-arrhythmic medicine to slow your heart rate. Another option is an ablation procedure, which uses high-frequency energy to destroy areas of the heart that are triggering the erratic electrical impulses.

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