A defibrillator will shock the heart if it goes into ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. These rhythms are deadly and the shock would put the heart back into a regular rhythm. A pacemaker helps to keep the heart at a certain heartrate, like at 80 beats per minute. There are pacemakers with defibrillators so you could have both in one.
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