Pacemaker is a device that is implanted underneath the skin with leads attached to the heart muscle to regulate the heart’s rhythm. You will need to visit the Pacemaker Center periodically throughout the year to ensure your device is working properly.
HUMC Pacemaker Center provides lifetime monitoring and support for patients who have received an implantable pacemaker or ICD. Cardiac devices have become extremely technologically multifaceted. Regular monitoring of these devices can offer much useful clinical information to improve the patient’s quality of life.
The HUMC Pacemaker Center consists of registered nurses and cardiac telemetry technicians who have received specialized and intensive training in the operation and programming of both ICDs and pacemakers.
Every six months or less, your pacemaker will be thoroughly assessed or “interrogated” using an external programmer in the clinic by a nurse. This will evaluate many aspects of the pacemaker, including battery life, lead function, the occurrence of arrhythmias during the previous months, and determination of the elective replacement time. With the collaboration of your cardiologist, the staff can modify the settings to provide optimal functioning for all aspects of the patient’s daily activities. Any changes that are necessary can be programmed into your device at that time.
In addition to pacemaker clinic evaluation, telephone monitoring (TTM) is a convenient procedure of transmitting EKG tracings via a telephonic transmitter without leaving your home. TTM is done monthly or every other month and allow for a review of pacemaker function. TTM monitoring detects battery failures and thereby prolongs useful life of the implanted cardiac device.
The center works closely with cardiologists and electrophysiologists to provide patients with optimal programming from their devices for both longevity and quality of life.
Suite 200, 2ndfloor, Mediplex building
20 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601
For assistance with scheduling an appointment and other inquiries, call (201) 996-2689
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