CIEDs (Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices) include pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs).
Pacemakers are devices that pace the heart faster if it is going too slowly.
Defibrillators provide this function but have the added ability to stop the heart from going dangerously fast. Defibrillators are implanted in people who have survived a cardiac arrest or are at risk for sudden cardiac death. This primarily includes people with weakened hearts either due to a prior heart attack or a cardiomyopathy, but also includes people with a variety of disorders such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, long QT syndrome, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC or ARVD), catecholaminergic polymorphic VT, and Brugada’s syndrome.
There is a type of defibrillator known as a biventricular defibrillator that provides cardiac resynchronization therapy, which in well selected patients can result in significant improvement in heart function in addition to protecting against sudden cardiac death.
TMC is a high volume center with experienced physicians and a particular strength in device management.
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