ICD Specialists Offering a Range of Options
Trust the doctors and other medical professionals at Brookwood Baptist Health to help you avoid sudden cardiac arrest, heart disease, and other heart issues. While our cardiologists can diagnose and treat a number of heart health problems, including inflammation and high blood pressure, there are some more serious concerns that require more specialized medicine. Our ICD specialists in Birmingham, Alabama, are focused on regulating your heartbeat so you can better manage your heart health. Having a healthy heart not only makes the organ function properly, but can also reduce the risk of damage to other vital organs n your body and extend your life by years.
If you are at a high risk of sudden cardiac arrest, we can provide you with defibrillation methods that diminish that risk. Our doctors might suggest an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or a pacemaker, or suggest that you keep an automated external defibrillator on hand in case of emergencies. We are happy to explain your options to you in detail so you can make the best decision for your health and lifestyle.
What is an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator?
Regulate a heartbeat that is too fast or irregular when you turn to our specialists. When most people think of a defibrillator, they think of the automated external defibrillator, or AED, that has paddles you place on a person’s chest to jolt them back to a normal pulse. However, there are defibrillation devices that go inside the body that work in approximately the same way.
ICDs, or implantable cardioverter defibrillators, sends shocks to your system to regulate your heartbeat if it senses irregularities or a pulse that is too fast. The shocks start as low-energy pulses and the device monitors your pulse. If your heart doesn’t regulate itself after a few pulses from the ICD, the shocks increase in strength until it does.
Defibrillation Methods to Regulate Your Pulse
Talk to our ICD specialists about other methods you can use to keep your heart beating at a normal pace. If your pulse is too slow or you have an arrhythmia, a pacemaker may be a better option. This works similarly to an ICD but works continuously instead of just whenever it senses irregularities.
You can also use an AED if your symptoms aren’t very frequent. Our professionals can train you and family members on how to use it so you can get the help you need whenever you need it.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about our ICD services, contact us today by calling 844-692-2401. We proudly serve patients in Birmingham, Calera, Chelsea, Columbiana, and Gardendale, Alabama.