Pacemakers and ICD

Pacemakers and ICD

Pacemakers and ICD services offered in Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton and Ellenton, FL

If your heart beats too slowly or irregularly, you might benefit from a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). Barry Weckesser, MD, and Amy Kinter, NP, at The Heart Institute of Venice in Venice, Florida, provide aftercare clinics to help patients optimize the benefits of these devices after surgery. Call The Heart Institute of Venice for more details on the pacemaker and ICD clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.

Pacemakers and ICD Q & A

What are pacemakers and ICDs?

Pacemakers are small medical devices that fit inside your chest to help regulate your heartbeat. The battery-powered generator sends out electrical impulses that correct heart problems to ensure it beats properly.

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a similar device that also uses electrical impulses to affect your heartbeat. However, in this case, it addresses arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats). The device can also transmit an electric shock that corrects dangerously abnormal heart rhythms.

When might I need a pacemaker or ICD?

Your cardiologist might recommend a pacemaker or ICD if your heart problem isn’t treatable using other methods.

Most people respond well to cardiac medications and/or minimally invasive procedures like cardiac catheterization to unblock narrowed heart arteries. However, patients with more severe conditions and those that don’t improve with other treatments might be suitable for pacemaker or ICD implantation.

Conditions that are most likely to require a pacemaker or ICD include:

  • Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
  • Heart block (electrical signal disruption)
  • Atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia)

You might also need a pacemaker if you take beta-blockers or other medications that reduce your heartbeat’s frequency.

How does a pacemaker or ICD help my heart?

A pacemaker performs the sinus node’s role. The sinus node is an area in the heart’s right upper chamber (atrium) that emits the electrical signals controlling heart rhythm and pace.

If the sinus node malfunctions, your heart can’t beat properly. Pacemakers have sensors that monitor heart function and transmit electrical impulses if problems are detected.

What happens when I have a pacemaker or ICD?

Pacemaker and ICD implantation involves a minimally invasive procedure to insert the device under your skin. It goes in your chest, connected to your heart by tiny electrodes. Some devices use wireless technology.

The Heart Institute of Venice specializes in pacemaker and ICD management. The practice has a dedicated pacemaker/ICD clinic providing comprehensive post-implantation care, including programming and ensuring optimal device function.

Regular follow-ups are vital after pacemaker or ICD implantation. The clinic performs thorough checks, evaluating battery life and adjusting your device when needed.

Call The Heart Institute of Venice to see if a pacemaker or ICD is right for your heart condition, or request an appointment using the online booking form today.