AICD Options for Patients in Hospice

What’s an AICD?

AICD is an Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator.  It is inserted under the skin by a cardiologist for people who have severe Congestive Heart Failure or have had a cardiac arrest (stopping of heart) or a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm.  It may be combined with a pacemaker, which provides a small electrical stimulus to trigger a contraction if the heart rate is too slow; and can “shock” the heart with a larger electrical charge if the heart’s rhythm becomes extremely irregular.