Pacemaker Surgery & Defibrillator Implant
Pacemakers are devices that stimulate the heart to beat in order to prevent slow heartbeats. There are traditional devices placed under the skin on the chest, with one to three wires inserted through a vein to the heart. There are also wireless devices that are implanted directly into the heart. The exact type of device recommended will depend on the patient’s underlying condition.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are devices that have the capability of shocking the heart to abort sudden cardiac death due to ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia. Traditional ICDs have all the capabilities of pacemakers, plus the ability to shock. They look like a pacemaker but are larger. There are also “subcutaneous ICDs” that have a wire under the skin but not touching the heart, which may be recommended as an alternative for some patients.
All implanted devices need routine follow-up. Colorado Springs Cardiology offers a device clinic to routinely monitor the implanted device to ensure proper function. After the patient has been established with the device clinic, many of the device checks can be performed from the convenience of home.
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