- Heart and Vascular Care
Programs & Treatments
- Arrhythmia Care
- Cardio-Oncology Program
- Cardiology Program
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)
- Endovascular Aortic Repair (EVAR)
- Heart Ablation
- Heart Disease in Women
- Heart Disease Prevention
- Heart Failure Clinic
- Heart Surgery
- Heart Testing
- Lipid Management Program
- Mechanical Circulatory Support
- Mitral Valve Surgery
- Pacemakers and ICDs
- Structural Heart Clinic
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
- Vascular Surgery
- WATCHMAN™ Procedure
- Heart Surgery Patient Guide
- Support Services
- Heart Risk Quiz
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Why Pacemakers and ICDs?
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can keep your heart functioning. We perform minor surgery to attach the device under the skin of the upper chest.
Pacemaker or ICD: What’s the Difference?
Your cardiologist may recommend an implantable device if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Options include the following:
- Pacemaker: This helps your heart keep a consistent rhythm, slowing down or speeding up your heartbeat as needed.
- ICD: This monitors your heartbeat and shocks your heart into action if it fails to beat for a certain number of seconds.
- Pacemaker with ICD (biventricular pacemaker): This monitors your heart rhythms and keeps both sides of your heart (left and right ventricles) pumping in sync.
Conditions Requiring a Pacemaker or ICD
We may recommend implantable devices for people with cardiac conditions. These include the following:
- Ventricular fibrillation, which is a type of arrhythmia that can cause cardiac arrest and loss of consciousness
- Ventricular tachycardia, which is a rapid, abnormal heartbeat that may be caused by heart disease
- Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is a type of heart failure in which the lower left part of the heart cannot properly pump blood
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which involves a thickened, enlarged heart muscle that has difficulty pumping blood