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Most patients will remain in the hospital for up to four days.
Under general anesthesia, your cardiologist will make a small incision in your upper chest near the collarbone. A wire will be run through a vein into the heart and a small cavity will be created to place the AICD, which is about the size of a deck of cards. The unit, which is connected to the wire, will be tested to ensure that you are receiving the appropriate shock to regulate your heart beat. This testing of the unit is done under sedation so you will not be uncomfortable.
One incision is made in your upper chest.
Patients will normally stay in the hospital for up to four days.
Most patients recover within a week and can resume normal activities as advised by their physician.
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