Features April 2017 Issue

Pacemaker Implants Common After Valve Repair/Replacement

A cardiac catheterization lab is where pacemakers can be implanted. Doctors use catheters with cameras on them and detailed imaging technology that allow them to see inside the heart. This way they can more accurately guide the pacemaker leads to the right locations in the heart.

Pacemaker Implants Common After Valve Repair/Replacement

Valve surgery can sometimes affect the electrical activity in the heart, creating the need for a device to keep the heart beating with a steady rhythm.

The rates at which Cleveland Clinic cardiac surgery patients require implantable devices, such as pace- makers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) after their operations remains low, despite an aging population. Thatís according to a study by Clinic doctors published in Eurospace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology.

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