Some arrhythmias may require an implanted 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 – Denton, we leverage our proven medical expertise to implant the appropriate device designed to manage your arrhythmia effectively. The types of devices we implant include:
Following a device implant, our team stays in close contact with you and your physicians. Ongoing device maintenance and management are important to ensure the device is working correctly so you can continue on your way to a healthy life. 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 us to timely check your device's performance if something is amiss.
Most devices may last several years. In some cases, the leads may malfunction or have other issues, such as scar tissue affecting the energy delivery or an infection at the site of the device. The leads are the wires that deliver electrical energy to your heart. When a lead malfunctions, the affected lead may need to be removed and replaced. Our team is highly trained in laser lead extraction, the complex process of removing these wires.
To learn more, call 940.220.0600 or toll-free 1.855.760.0600 or for a physician referral, contact 1.855.922.9567.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Scott & White Health's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Denton or Baylor Scott & White Health.