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Doctor holding implantable medical device

Some arrhythmias may require an implanted medical device to keep the heart beating in a healthy rhythm. These devices are implanted under the skin, typically below the shoulder, and have wires called leads that deliver electrical energy to the heart. At Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano, we use proven medical expertise to implant the appropriate device designed to manage your arrhythmia effectively. The types of medical devices we implant include:

​Implantable medical devices may last several years. In some cases the leads may malfunction or have other issues. The leads are the wires that deliver electrical energy to your heart. If a malfunction occurs, the affected lead may need to be removed and replaced. Our team is highly trained in laser lead extraction, which is the process of removing these wires.

To learn more, continue reading about the difference between pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators​.