Living with an ICD
- VHL HealthSheet #82046_VA
ICDs are well protected. Most machines and devices will not interfere. Microwave ovens and other appliances should not cause problems. Neither should computers. Signals from a few devices might cause problems with your ICD, though. Take care to avoid these potential problems.
- VHL HealthSheet #82031_VA
A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps your heart’s electrical system beat at the right pace. Inserting the pacemaker into your body is called implantation. You stay awake during the procedure.
Having Cardiac Catheterization
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You may have had angina, dizziness, or other symptoms of heart trouble. To help diagnose your problem, your doctor may suggest having a cardiac catheterization. This common procedure is sometimes also used to treat a heart problem.
Having Catheter Ablation
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Catheter ablation destroys (ablates) an abnormal electrical pathway or groups of electrical cells that may be causing a heart rhythm problem (arrhythmia). A specially trained doctor (electrophysiologist) performs the procedure.
- VHL HealthSheet #82032_VA
A stent is a small metal coil or mesh tube that is placed in a narrowed artery through a catheter (a long, thin tube) to help improve blood flow to your heart. The stent permanently holds the passageway open and helps reduce the rate of restenosis, renarrowing of the artery.
Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
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This procedure, a common type of open heart surgery, is one way to treat blockages in the arteries of the heart. Watch the video and learn about the surgery and what you can expect during recovery and rehabilitation.
ICD: Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
- VHL Video
People who have serious arrhythmias or who have experienced sudden cardiac death may benefit with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The device can deliver a shock when it senses that an abnormal rhythm is present. This video offers detailed information about these implantable devices.