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Deactivating a ICD Implant

Question: I would like to ask about deactivating an ICD implant for a dying patient. The ICD implant ensures the regular function of the heart by administering electric shocks that can be very painful for the patient. Some terminally ill patients (of their families) – who are generally dying of illnesses unrelated to the heart condition – request that the implant be turned off in order to spare the patients ...

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