In certain types of arrhythmia, implanting a pacemaker may be necessary. For severe irregularities in heart function, some patients receive an implantable defibrillator (ICD). Implantation under the skin of the chest takes place in a hospital. The devices are regularly read at our practice to test their functionality and adjust the settings if needed. The device is tested to make sure it is working and the battery level is checked. Possible cardiac irregularities that have been recorded in the device's memory are read.
The pacemaker and ICD device is checked every 6 – 12 months. The patient is lying down during the test. A scanning head is placed on the device from the outside. The doctor discusses with the patient whether the device's functions need to be adjusted to meet the patient's needs.
Approx. 1 hour for consultation with the doctor, preparation, Resting ECG, pacemaker scan