Arrthymia and Pacemaker Management
A pacemaker is prescribed by the physician most commonly for patients with bradycardia, sick sinus syndrome, or heart block (slow rhythms). The physician may also prescribe a pacemaker for atrial fibrillation (irregular rhythm). The pacemaker helps to regulate the heart rhythm so it won't beat too slow.
An ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibillator) is prescribed for patients who are at risk for ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, the most dangerous rapid heart rhythms. The defibrillator corrects the heart rhythm by delivering precisely timed electrical pulses or shocks to restore a normal heart beat.
After implantation, the patient is followed in our office where we opimize the functioning of the device with a programmer.
Remote monitoring is available on some devices. This is a home monitoring system and the patient transmits a reading of the device to a secured website that is interpreted by our clinician. Remote monitoring allows the patient freedom to travel anywhere in the USA and still be monitored.
Support groups are offered for ICD patients through Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia. Patients and family members are encouraged to participate in these meetings to better understand about living with a defribillator.
Click on the link below to learn more about pacemakers.
Our Pacemaker staff:
Diane Blazer, RN
Cheryl McKenna, RN
If you have any questions concerning your exam, please feel free to call:
SAVANNAH OFFICE: 912-352-8700
HILTON HEAD OFFICE: 843-682-2740
OKATIE OFFICE: 843-705-9350