Your pacemaker or defibrillator has the ability to communicate through the skin with a special computer we have in the office. We perform an interrogation of the device by placing a wand over your chest where the device is located. It takes only 10 or 15 minutes. Please call any office to schedule an appointment. Be sure to tell the technician what type of implanted device you have.
After a device is implanted, it needs to be monitored regularly. We routinely evaluate the programming of your device and confirm that the battery and wires (leads) are functioning appropriately and meeting your needs.
One of our trained technicians will place a wand over your device that is linked to a special computer. When the computer and the device communicate, valuable information can be obtained from the memory of your device and we can change the programmed settings if needed.
Typically we start by evaluating the remaining lifespan of the battery and we can usually give you some idea about how long the battery will last. We test the function of the leads and make sure they conduct electricity both to and from your heart. We can also modify the programmed parameters to better suit your heart’s individual needs. If you have any questions or concerns about your pacemaker or defibrillator please bring them up and we can address them.
No preparation is needed. In the office, our staff will have the necessary equipment to check your pacemaker or defibrillator. At home, you will also have special equipment to transmit tracings over the phone.
It is a very quick and safe procedure with little or no risk. You may feel some mild lightheadedness with the interrogation and testing of your device.
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