Managing Your Device (Pacemaker, ICD or CRT)

Having a Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED), also known as a Pacemaker or an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, provides numerous heart and health benefits and can be a potentially life-saving addition to your medical care. A CIED includes a generator, or battery, and one or more leads, or wires that deliver energy from your battery to your heart.

Like any device that is implanted in your body, your device will need to be managed and maintained. It is important to pay close attention to your symptoms and your pocket (the location where your device is implanted) and be on the lookout for any signs of an infection or discomfort. If you notice anything out of the ordinary – contact your doctor or healthcare team as soon as possible.