To correct abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and help your heart beat more efficiently, your doctor may recommend a device implant. The most common device implants are pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). These devices are usually implanted in the cath lab but may also be implanted during surgery.
Pacemakers: Pacemakers are usually used to correct heart rhythms that are too slow or are out of synch. A pacemaker typically has two parts: a pulse generator, and one or more leads. The pulse generator includes a battery and circuits that create electrical pulses. The leads are wires that send the electrical pulses to your heart.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs): ICDs are used to prevent or treat fast or chaotic arrhythmias called ventricular tachycardia (v-tach) or ventricular fibrillation (v-fib). Here's how they work:
© 2018 Intermountain Healthcare. All rights reserved. The content presented here is for your information only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, and it should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Get Care Now
Get care for low-level urgent conditions through a video chat with a provider, 24/7, on your computer or mobile device.Learn More.
View wait times and save your place in line at an Intermountain InstaCare location near you.
If this is an emergency please go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
Intermountain Healthcare is a Utah-based, not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, a Medical Group with more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice clinicians at about 180 clinics, a health plans division called SelectHealth, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.
Still not finding what you are looking for?
Copyright ©2018, Intermountain Healthcare, All rights reserved.