PACEMAKER AND ICD MANAGEMENT
What is a Pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device. This device senses when your heart is beating irregularly or too slowly. It sends a signal to your heart that makes your heartbeat at the correct pace.
Why do I need a Pacemaker: A person may need a pacemaker if they have a very slow heart rate and symptoms.
The symptoms can include fainting, lightheadedness, or your heart pounding.
What is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)?
An ICD is a battery-powered device placed under the skin that keeps track of your heart rate.
If an abnormal heart rhythm is detected, the device will deliver an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat if your heart is beating chaotically and too fast.
Why do I need an ICD: Your doctor may recommend an ICD if you are at risk of a life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia.