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Heart Rhythm Disorders: Implantable Cardiac Device Management

To help manage heart rhythms, doctors can insert a device through surgery. Some devices help diagnose rhythm problems, and others treat them. Here's a video about understanding, preparing for and living with a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator.

Learn more about:

  • Documenting the abnormal heart rhythms
  • Implantable loop recorder
    This device, implanted beneath the skin on your chest. It can record your heart rhythm for up to two years.
  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy, or CRT
    This is a special type of three-wire pacemaker (CRTP) or ICD (CRTD). These types of devices can be used to treat heart failure.
  • Permanent pacemaker
    A pacemaker also is implanted beneath the skin on your chest. It can help prevent the heart from beating too slowly.
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD
    This is like a pacemaker and a defibrillator in one. The defibrillator part can provide an electrical shock to restore your heart’s normal rhythm. The pacemaker part can help prevent the heart from beating too slowly and, in some cases, help treat abnormally fast heart rhythms.
  • Lead removal
    Sometimes, we have to remove the leads or wires leading from a pacemaker or defibrillator. If the leads have been in the heart for a long time, they may require a special extraction procedure performed by a heart rhythm doctor with additional training and experience.
  • Remote monitoring 
    Many of the implantable devices can be monitored remotely, via telephone or the internet.
  • Device alerts 
    If you have an implantable device, you will want to keep tabs on any alerts about your device from the device manufacturer.
  • Having an MRI