This service provides comprehensive services for patients with pacemakers, from implantation and revision, to clinic visits and telephone follow-up.
Submammary Device Implantation
Submammary device implantation is a new method of inserting pacemaker devices that leaves no visible lump or scar. In traditional implantation the device resides just under the skin. With the submammory implantation approach, skilled UI cardiologists place the pacemaker or defibrillator under the breast, between the chest muscle and ribs. Tiny incisions discretely located in the armpit and under the breast result in no visible scaring and greater comfort.
Electrophysiologists evaluate and treat patients for cardiac rhythm disturbances using pacemakers, internal cardiac defibrillators, invasive study techniques and ablation therapy.
Staff in the electrophysiology laboratory perform everything from simple electrophysiology studies, device implantations including biventricular implants, to simple and complex ablation procedures.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
UI heart researchers are evaluating new methods for placing implantable cardiac resynchronization (CRT) devices in heart failure patients. CRT devices, such as biventricular pacemakers, use electrical stimulation to synchronize and strengthen the heartbeat and improve the flow of blood from the heart.
These devices also function as defibrillators, capable of sending an electrical shock to the heart to stop dangerously rapid rhythms.