If you have a dangerously irregular or slow heartbeat, you may benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or pacemaker device. At Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants, in Bradenton, Florida, Erick E. Calderon, MD, FACC, FSCAI, diagnoses slow heart rates, ventricular fibrillation, and other conditions. He can also implant an ICD or pacemaker to improve your heart health. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is an implantable device that continuously monitors your heart rhythm. If the device records irregular patterns or heart rates — also known as arrhythmia, it delivers a controlled shock — known as defibrillation — to adjust your heartbeat. Most arrhythmias are due to a problem in the electrical system of your heart.
An ICD is an effective tool that monitors and controls life-threatening arrhythmias. Most modern ICDs act as both a pacemaker and defibrillator.
A pacemaker is an implantable device that uses electrical pulses to maintain a normal heart rate. Pacemakers accelerate slow heartbeats, regulate fast heartbeats, and coordinate the chambers of your heart.
You might need an ICD or pacemaker if your heartbeat is too slow, too fast, or irregular. These issues are often due to problems with the electrical pathways of your heart.
Dr. Calderon can fit ICDs and pacemakers in patients of all ages. While rare, congenital heart defects and diseases can cause cardiovascular health problems in children. Other conditions that may benefit from an ICD or pacemaker include ventricular arrhythmia or lasting damage from a heart attack.
Dr. Calderon will decide what type of sedation to give you depending on your condition. For the procedure, he will first make a small incision under your collarbone and insert the pacer wires through a vein leading to your heart. He’ll use fluoroscopic imaging to guide the wires to the correct place in your heart.
Once the wires are in place, he’ll attach the other ends to a generator, which will be implanted under your skin at the incision site. He’ll then close your incision with stitches or surgical glue.
Depending on your condition and the procedure, you may be able to return home the same day, or you may need to stay overnight at the hospital. You’ll have follow-up appointments with Dr. Calderon to make sure your device is working correctly and that you’re recovering well.
If you have cardiovascular problems and may need an ICD or pacemaker, call Lakewood Cardiovascular Consultants or make an appointment online today.