What to Expect When You Get a Cardiac Implantable Device

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Cardiac implantable electronic devices, or AICD, provide electrical stimulation to the heart. These devices may prompt the heart to beat regularly, such as a pacemaker, or act only as necessary to alleviate dangerous heart rhythms, such as an implantable defibrillator. If a pacemaker or defibrillator is recommended for you, your heart doctor will explain the type of AICD you will be receiving, as well as what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.

Prior to Surgery
Your heart doctor will provide you with the information you need to prepare for your surgery. If you need to alter any of your medications, your cardiologist will let you know. You should not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your procedure. If you will need to stay in the clinic overnight, prepare an overnight bag with your necessities and a one-day supply of medication.

The Surgery
The surgical procedure to implant your AICD will be short. Local anesthesia is used, meaning you will be awake, but you will receive additional medication to make you feel relaxed and sleepy, and you will not feel any pain. A small incision approximately two inches in length is made, through which the wires of your device are guided into the heart. These wires are connected to your device, which is programmed to meet your needs and placed beneath the skin of your chest, then the incision will be closed. In most cases, you will only need to stay at the clinic for a few hours for observation before returning home. You should avoid strenuous activity for two weeks and monitor your incision as per your cardiologist’s instructions.

Cardiac implantable electronic devices offer effective treatment for a variety of heart conditions, including heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, and congestive heart failure in Phoenix. At Cardiac Solutions, our cardiologists offer vascular surgery and cardiac implantable electronic devices, as well as other treatment options for heart disease. You can reach us by phone at (623) 876-8816, or contact us online for the answers to your questions about diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease.

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