Our Device Clinic provides ongoing follow-up care for patients with pacemakers, wearable and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (LifeVests and ICDs) and loop recorders. We can complete most device checks remotely or by telephone, but see patients in person for their first device check 30 days after device implant.
When devices are checked, they generate reports that are reviewed by the patient's physician. If there are any concerns, the patient will be contacted for a follow-up appointment. Patients also have a yearly reprogramming appointment to ensure all settings provide optimal performance, patient comfort and battery life.
If you are a patient with a pacemaker or defibrillator and have a question or concern, please call 785-539-4644 to speak to our device staff or schedule an appointment.
Pacemakers are small, battery-operated devices that help the heart beat in a normal rhythm. They are most often recommended for patients with a slow, irregular heartbeat, but may also be recommended when patients' heartbeat is too fast.
When implanted, the pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart to help it pump properly. Because it is battery operated, your cardiologist keeps track of the device's battery life and recommends battery replacements and device upgrades when needed.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) is a battery-powered device that keeps track of your heart rate. If abnormal heart rhythms are detected, the device sends an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat.
ICDs are useful in preventing sudden cardiac death in patients with life threatening arrhythmia.
Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator (LifeVest)
A LifeVest is an external device, worn temporarily. It is used prior to implanting an ICD to make sure that an ICD is the best option.
A loop recorder is a battery-powered device with about 3 years of life that records your heart's electrical activity. A loop recorder may be recommended if 24-hour holter monitors or 30-day event monitors do not capture a patient's irregular heart activity.