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Cardiac Devices

Cardiac Devices

Thanks to the advances in technology many patients with heart-related conditions can improve their lifestyles, even when treatments and medication no longer provide any aid or relief. In those cases, doctors will prescribe cardiac devices which are implanted into the body in order to assist your heart.

Cardiac devices help to monitor and regulate the rhythm of the heart, and perform many other essential activities, depending on the diagnosis of the heart condition.

Who Is an Electrophysiologists?

Electrophysiologists focus on the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia with cardiac devices instead of drug therapy or surgery.

Specialists devoted to the medical branch of electrophysiology research, develop and offer state-of-the-art products and treatment all over the world. The development of implantable devices is used to treat cardiac rhythm-related conditions, including:

  • cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
  • sudden cardiac arrest
  • heart failure

Some of these less-invasive treatment products for arrhythmia include:

  • Diagnostic Cardiac Catheter – helps identify where the arrhythmia is originated, mapping the electrical signals of the heart.
  • Ablation Catheters – using radiofrequency, these cardiac devices render heart’s abnormal sites or electrically inactive in order to restore normal heart rate.

More complex and advanced cardiac devices are implantable machines to treat cardiac conditions such as sudden cardiac arrest and heart failure. Therapies like cardiac resynchronization (CRT) work along with devices to help coordinate the heartbeat into a normal rhythm. This therapy in particular offers relief for patients’ symptoms (fatigue, shortness of breath).

The most common complex cardiac devices are:

  • The Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) – helps maintaining the pumping ability of the heart.

  • Pacemakers – regulates heart’s rhythm by setting the pace. It is a tiny device implanted under the skin and attached to the heart by wires. The pacing pulses stimulate the muscle to beat, monitoring and adjusting the heartbeat based on previously set limits. Besides normalizing heartbeat, pacemakers may relieve fatigue.
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) – essential to treat tachycardia, which can be a life threatening condition. This cardiac device restores normal heart rate, and prevents sudden cardiac failure. They are very small devices, surgically implanted below the collarbone and connected to the heart using wires to monitor the rhythm.