Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A.
Cardiology & Electrophysiology located in Naples, FL
Your risk for long-term health complications and heart damage increases when you have a severe arrhythmia. To prevent these issues, the board-certified cardiology team at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., in Naples, Florida, offers in-office consultations to determine if a defibrillator is a solution to normalizing your heartbeat. Learn more about how a defibrillator can save your life by calling one of the three offices today or using the online booking feature.
Defibrillator Q & A
What is a defibrillator?
A defibrillator is a device that uses an electric shock to restore your heartbeat. You may need a defibrillator if you have a heartbeat that’s too slow, too fast, or irregular. In some cases, a defibrillator may be necessary if you’re at risk for your heart stopping suddenly, a side effect of severe arrhythmia.
There are different types of defibrillators, and one of the most common are the kinds available in hospitals and public places to treat emergency cardiac arrests.
Implantable and wearable defibrillators are used in the ongoing treatment of arrhythmias, especially severe conditions where the heart may stop unexpectedly.
How does a defibrillator work?
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) require surgical placement in your body, usually in your abdomen or chest. When your heartbeat becomes irregular, the device sends an electrical shock to the heart to correct it. If a light shock isn’t enough to improve the heartbeat, the device automatically sends a stronger one.
An ICD can also monitor important information about your heart’s electrical activities and its rhythms over time, providing the medical team at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., with vital information about your heart health.
A wearable cardioverter defibrillator (WCD) has sensors with wires that attach to your skin. The wires track the rhythm of your heart and deliver the necessary shocks to improve your heartbeat. After the WCD treats an arrhythmia episode, typically its sensors must be replaced.
What can I expect when living with a defibrillator?
Your cardiologist provides all of the information you need to live with a defibrillator, including tips for recognizing potential complications with your device.
You’ll need time to get used to the different types of shocks the defibrillator can deliver. Low-level shocks may give you a fluttering sensation in your chest, or you may not feel anything at all. The higher-energy shocks may be painful and feel like you’ve been kicked in the chest.
In the weeks after your implant surgery, your defibrillator may deliver shocks when you’re not having issues with your heartbeat. While this is common, you should always schedule a consultation with your cardiologist at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., to ensure the device is working properly.
If you want to learn more about the benefits of a defibrillator, schedule a consultation with the cardiology team at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.
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