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.

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Heart Rhythm Disorders
Millions of people experience irregular or abnormal heartbeats, called arrhythmias, at some point in their lives. Most of the time, they are harmless and happen in healthy people free of heart disease. However, some abnormal heart rhythms can be serious or even deadly. Having other types of heart disease can also increase the risk of arrhythmias.
Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease (CHD)
This section is for pediatric patients and families living with heart rhythm disorders and heart rhythm disorders related to congenital heart disease (CHD).
Early Warning Signs
If you are experiencing a racing, pounding, rumbling or flopping feeling in your chest or if you have been fainting, having repeated dizzy spells, feeling lightheaded or you are extremely fatigued, it's time to see a doctor to discuss your heart health.
Common Treatments
Learning about the underlying cause of any heart rhythm disorder provides the basis for selecting the best treatment plan. Information and knowledge about care options, and their risks and benefits help you work with your health care provider to make the best choices.
Lifestyle
Since other heart disorders increase the risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms, lifestyle changes often are recommended. Living a “heart healthy” lifestyle can ease the symptoms experienced with heart rhythm disorders and other heart disorders, and can be beneficial to overall patient health.
The Normal Heart
The heart is a fist-sized muscle that pumps blood through the body 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without rest. The normal heart is made up of four parts: two atria on the top of the heart (right atrium and left atrium), and two ventricles (right ventricle and left ventricle) which are the muscular chambers on the bottom of the heart that provide the major power to pump blood.