Cardiac Device Clinic

Even though pacemakers and ICDs are very reliable, it is important for them to be checked to ensure that the device is working properly. Office check-ups also provide your cardiologist with valuable information about how active the patient has been, whether they have developed arrhythmias, and how frequently the device is actually being used for pacing or other rhythm management. Some of our patients' devices can be checked remotely from their home.

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Cardiac Pacemakers - a small device, surgically implanted under the skin of the upper chest. It has one or more wires, called "leads", which pass through the veins and connect the pacemaker to the heart. The system of pacemaker and leads can electrically stimulate the heart to help regulate the heartbeat. The great majority of pacemakers are used to treat conditions of "bradycardia", or slow heart beating.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator - (ICD's) are small devices that are used to analyze and treat abnormal heart rhythms. The ICD is placed under the skin and where up to three wires are placed into a vein under the collarbone through which they travel to the heart. The ICD will then shock your heart back to a normal rhythm if you develop a rapid, dangerous heartbeat. These devices also contain pacemakers that treat slow heart rhythms.

LATITUDE

LATITUDE Patient Management system is a new at home monitoring system that allows us the ability to monitor patient's heart health and specific device information from the convenience of your home.

The LATITUDE system has state-of-the-art technology using a small Communicator that can sit near your bedside to collect data from your implanted device. We will be able to perform some of your device follow-ups right from your home. In addition, we will be able to monitor your device in between follow-ups to help provide more timely and comprehensive cardiac care. The Latitude system allows us to stay more connected. Less frequent office visits for device follow-ups may be required.

The Communicator only reads information from your device and cannot change your settings. You won't feel a thing when your device is checked or the information is sent. Your information will be sent through your regular landline phone to a secure website that only the healthcare support team can access. More frequent monitoring means that we have the ability to intervene sooner to make changes when needed.

LATITUDE Patient Support is available 24/7 to help you set up your device and answer any questions that you or your family may have.

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