Device follow-up

You may need to have a device implanted, such as a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator, to help manage an abnormal heart rhythm.

The procedure to implant your device will be carried out in the cardiac catheter labs but we will manage your follow-up care. As part of your routine follow-up appointment we will automatically download information from the device.

Pacemaker

You may need to have a pacemaker fitted if your heart beats too slowly, too irregularly or if you are at risk of blackouts. Pacemakers stimulate contractions of the heart by sending electrical signals to the heart each time it fails to beat on its own. They are usually fitted to the upper left side of the chest with leads secured into the heart muscle.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)

Your doctor may decide that you need to have an ICD implanted because you have survived a cardiac arrest or you're considered to be at risk of developing a potentially life threatening heart rhythm.

The ICD will treat the fast impulses from your heart's ventricles, by either pacing you out of your fast rhythm or by delivering shock therapy. Although this is not pleasant it is lifesaving.

Implantable devices for heart failure

We're one of the only units in the UK to implant devices for heart failure therapy. This involves the placement of a pacemaker lead to the left side of the heart to resynchronise the heart's contractions. This treatment is now an established treatment for selected heart failure patients to improve their heart function, quality of life, and minimise hospital admissions. 

Implantable loop recorders

Implantable loop recorders are small devices implanted to monitor the heart's rate and rhythm. They're typically implanted for around three years. Their purpose is to help diagnose abnormal heart rhythms.