At the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital our physicians have vast experience in the placement of implantable devises, from permanent pacemakers to Implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs.
We use the latest technology to ensure that our patients leave the Heart Hospital able to resume the activities that help make their lives full and enjoyable.
Your physician may recommend a pacemaker because there are signs that your heart is not beating fast enough or there is a problem with the normal electrical signal that causes your heart to beat. A permanent pacemaker is an implanted electronic device used to stabilize or stimulate the heart's rhythm. It consists of a generator and leads which are usually implanted into the upper chest through a small incision. The generator is a metal case containing the power source and a timer that regulates how often the pacemaker sends out electrical signals. The generator life is usually seven to ten years. The leads allow the pacemaker to monitor your heart rhythm and to send out electrical signals to make your heart beat when needed.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator or ICD, is an internal defibrillator the size of a small pager. An ICD delivers therapies to treat life-threatening heart rhythm disorders, such as VT (Ventricular Tachycardia) and VF (Ventricular Fibrillation). The ICD is implanted inside your body and works automatically. Physicians at the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital implant the devise in patients with abnormal heart rhythms in order to restore the rhythms necessary for healthy blood flow.
Your medical condition determines the type of ICD that you receive. Your doctor will recommend the appropriate model of ICD that will best treat your rhythm disorder. Each model varies somewhat in its size, features and capabilities.
A biventricular (BIV) pacemaker is a specialized device implanted in a patient to re-coordinate the beating of the right and left ventricles of the heart. The purpose is to get the heart to beat in sync. Why? Because when this function is impaired and one chamber of the heart contracts slightly before the other, the amount of blood and oxygen being sent throughout the body is decreased. In people with already weakened or damaged hearts, this inability to efficiently pump blood through the body further weakens the patient’s stamina, healing abilities and overall well-being. Also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy, the BIV pacemaker increases the survival rate of patients with heart disease.