A pacemaker and defibrillator are devices that help control the beat and rhythm of your heart. The skilled cardiologists at HeartPlace can determine if you need a pacemaker or defibrillator and place the appliance. For expert cardiology care from the top-rated cardiologists in North Texas, call one of their 30 locations or schedule an appointment online today.
A pacemaker and a defibrillator are implantable devices that control the beating of your heart.
A pacemaker is a small device made up of a pulse generator and lead wires, or electrodes. The device provides low-energy shocks that keep your heart beating normally.
Your pacemaker may have one, two, or three lead wires, depending on your specific heart condition.
A defibrillator is a device that delivers an electric shock to your heart to reestablish a normal heartbeat. Defibrillators include external devices placed on your chest to deliver the electric shock.
An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) device is similar to the pacemaker but comes with a generator and lead wires. However, the ICD sends stronger electric shocks to your heart to restore a normal heart rhythm.
You may need a pacemaker if you have an abnormally slow heartbeat following a heart attack (myocardial infarction). The cardiologists at HeartPlace may also place the device if you have a chronically slow or irregular heartbeat or they want to prevent heart failure.
For patients with heart failure or heartbeat problems, the cardiologists at HeartPlace may place a biventricular pacemaker. The biventricular pacemaker synchronizes the function of the lower chambers of your heart (left and right ventricles), so your heart beats more efficiently.
The external defibrillator is often used on patients in cardiac arrest (heart stops beating) or with severe arrhythmia. Your cardiologist at HeartPlace may recommend an ICD if you have a life-threatening heart arrhythmia such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
After placement of your pacemaker, your cardiologist gives you specific instructions regarding care and management. HeartPlace has you return to the office every 3-6 months to monitor your pacemaker, heartbeat, and heart health.
After placing an ICD, your provider schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor heart health. In addition to resetting the rhythm of your heart with an electric shock, the ICD also acts as a pacemaker.
To find out more about the pacemaker and defibrillator, call HeartPlace or schedule a consultation at the office nearest you online today.