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 The Heart Hospital Baylor 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:
Following a device implant, our team stays in contact with you and your physicians. Ongoing device maintenance and management are important. With remote device follow up, your implanted device can transmit information to a device in your home. Your home unit downloads the recorded information and sends it to our team where we can monitor how well your pacemaker or ICD is working. This allows timely checks on your device's performance.
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.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano or Baylor Health Care System.