How the EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System Works

Like other implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), your EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System continuously monitors your heart rhythm, 24 hours a day. It’s always on call. If your EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System detects a heart arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm) problem, it sends out an electrical shock to correct it.

The experience of receiving a shock can differ for each person; some may find the shock reassuring, others may feel anxious for a short time after shock therapy is delivered. Some people recover more quickly than others, too. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of the EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System.

It’s possible that you’ll experience a shock at some point during your time with the EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System. Different people feel these shocks differently. Because many patients faint or become unconscious shortly after a very fast heart rhythm starts, they do not feel these high-energy shocks. Those who are conscious sometimes describe the shock as a “kick in the chest.” The sensation lasts for only a second.

System Works Even If You
Feel No Symptoms

Many people who experience abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) feel nothing unusual when these episodes are happening. Even if you feel no symptoms, your EMBLEM MRI S-ICD System is designed to deliver lifesaving defibrillation (an electric shock) based on what it senses.

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