Can an Implantable Defibrillator Prevent You from Dying?

It's a tough question to ask, but the answer is reassuring.

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At this point, it is common practice to ask the patient whether they would like the shocking function turned off. Disarming the device will not prolong or hasten death: It simply prevents the discomfort of a shock, should a rapid heart rhythm occur. "The defibrillator will ignore the episode and not respond," Dr. Wilkoff says.
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