HumanAnatomy-pacemakers_Editor_aIf you have a chronic heart condition, such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation, surgical implantation of an automatic cardiac defibrillator (ICD) may prevent or reverse cardiac arrest.

Defibrillators monitor heart rhythms and in the case of a life-threatening irregular rhythm, send out an electrical impulse to the heart muscle, halting the arrhythmia, and allowing the body’s natural rhythm to return. Continuously monitoring the heart rhythm, and automatically administering treatment when needed, today’s latest devices are able to distinguish between a large number of irregular rhythms, delivering exactly the right treatment.

When an automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator (or AICD), is necessary, be sure to consult with our team of Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiologists at Ocala Heart Institute to discuss your best options.

Strenuous activities should be curtailed for about a month after surgery. Keep cell phones six inches from your defibrillator to avoid signal interference. Be cautious of hand-held airport scanners ask for an alternative. The American Heart Association advises against driving for six months after surgery if you’ve experienced previous cardiac arrest.

Ocala Heart Institute specialists have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating heart rhythm problems. Your Cardiologist and Surgeon will analyze your case and provide you with the latest recommendations for your condition and review all of your options. Together we can guide you through the steps needed for this life-saving therapy.