An Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD) is a small electronic device that is implanted into the chest to monitor and correct an abnormal heart rhythm or arrhythmia. The complications may arise due to injury to blood vessels, stroke or heart wall or lung tissues.
Defibrillators treat arrhythmias in two ways. First, the device tries to stop the abnormal rhythm with a burst of high-speed pacing (cardioversion). And if that fails, the device will deliver an electrical shock to the heart to reset its rhythm (defibrillation). The battery of AICD usually lasts for about 6-10 years and can be replaced once they drain out.
An AICD implantation in India can start from USD 7,980 and can go up to USD 18,618. The patient has to stay 2-5 days in the hospital, depending on how the cardiologist sees fit. Some tests like Heart monitoring, ECG findings, Echocardiogram, CT scan, MRI and Chest X-Ray are required before AICD Implantation. And the success rate of AICD Implantation is around 95-98%.