A pacemaker is a device implanted in the chest that stimulates the heart to beat if the heart rate gets too slow. Modern pacemakers are about the size of a dollar coin.
We use this procedure to treat heart rhythm issues without invasive surgery. We insert a very small tube — a catheter — into a blood vessel through your arm, groin, or neck, and extend it to your heart. Then we apply intense heat or cold to destroy only the tissue that is causing the problem.
Cardioversion is a procedure we use to restore normal heart rhythm in people with certain kinds of heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias). During the procedure, we place electrodes on your chest and send electric shocks to your heart.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
This device delivers an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat if the heart is beating chaotically or too fast. ICDs are about the size of a pocket watch and are implanted under the skin. We use them to prevent cardiac arrest in patients at high risk.
Watchman™ Implant Procedure for Atrial Fibrillation
We use the Watchman implant procedure to lower the risk of stroke in patients who have atrial fibrillation. If you have AFib, it offers you a long-term alternative to using anticoagulants such as warfarin. The Watchman device is a small implant that’s placed into the left atrial appendage (a small sac in the top-left chamber of your heart), preventing clots from forming there.