Pacemakers and defibrillators are remarkable medical tools that safeguard your well-being by ensuring your heart continues to beat in rhythm. Your heart's rhythm is the conductor of your life's symphony, and when it falters, it's crucial to have the right instruments in place to maintain harmony.
Although pacemakers and defibrillators require minor surgical procedures for placement, their impact can be life-changing and life-saving for patients with specific cardiac conditions.
Corrielus Cardiology offers pacemakers and defibrillators as part of our comprehensive cardiology care services in Philadelphia. We take your heart health seriously, and we are equipped to help patients who are at high risk for life-threatening heart failure.
A pacemaker is designed for patients who have an abnormally slow heart rate. When their heart rate gets too low or needs to be “paced,” the pacemaker emits an electrical impulse to stimulate a faster and more steady heart rhythm.
A defibrillator may be necessary for people who have an irregular or too-fast heartbeat that is putting them at risk for sudden cardiac death. The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, or ICD, detects the abnormal heart rhythm and shocks the heart back to its normal rhythm before heart failure occurs. Most ICDs have a built-in pacemaker as well.
Pacemaker implantation involves a minimally invasive procedure to place the device just under the skin surface. A small incision is made below the collarbone to insert the pacemaker and expose the vein.
A tiny needle jab into this vein can introduce the pacemaker wire (leads) to send the necessary signals to the heart. A pacemaker implantation procedure can last about 1-2 hours.
You will be given medication for mild sedation, but general anesthesia is typically not necessary. Once the device is implanted, it can pace the heart rate and monitor arrhythmias.
Defibrillator implantation is performed in much the same way as a pacemaker procedure. You will be mildly sedated and relaxed but awake during the procedure. You may also be given a local anesthetic at the site of the incision.
Defibrillators are implanted just below the left collarbone, where the wires will be directed down towards the heart via veins. We monitor your heart rate and blood pressure throughout the procedure.
After your procedure, Dr. Corrielus will make sure you have a clear understanding of how your defibrillator or pacemaker works. If you have questions or concerns about the device, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are at risk for sudden heart failure due to abnormal heart rhythm, a pacemaker or defibrillator may be a life-saving solution.
Our team at Corrielus Cardiology is Philadelphia’s most trusted source for top-quality cardiovascular care and complete wellness. Our integrated approach to cardiovascular health prioritizes your overall well-being and quality of life.
To schedule your cardiology consultation, call Corrielus Cardiology at 215-383-5900 or book an appointment online.