Legendary Motörhead frontman Lemmy recently went through an operation for serious heart issues and now has a defibrillator embedded into his chest.
No, we're not talking about a pacemaker here - we're talking something much more heavy duty than that.
Obviously no chest, not even Lemmy's, can properly house the type of defibrillator commonly found in hospitals and ambulances. What Lemmy has been fitted with is called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Only a few inches in length, an ICD can be implanted into individuals who are at risk of sudden cardiac death.
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Lemmy was fitted with an ICD shortly after the he was found to have an irregular heartbeat. Lemmy himself, coy as usual, has only described whatever condition he may have as "heart problems," but an ICD is no joke. If an ICD detects cardiac arrhythmia, the device automatically delivers a jolt of electricity to its host to correct one's heartbeat.
Fittingly, Motörhead's next full-length album will be called 'Aftershock'. The record is reportedly expected to see a September release, but stay tuned for full details on the album as news breaks.
Motörhead tour the UK with Saxon in November.
Motörhead and Saxon UK tour
Nov 13: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Nov 14: Newcastle City Hall
Nov 16: London O2 Academy Brixton
Nov 17: London O2 Academy Brixton (without Saxon)
Nov 19: Wolverhampton Civic Call
Nov 20: Manchester O2 Apollo
Nov 22: Glasgow O2 Academy
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