Pacemakers & ICD's

By: Tressa Watts & Genesis Martinez

Identification & who is most likely to need one

PM: A small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms.

ICD: A small device placed in the chest or abdomen to help treat irregular heart rhythms.

Most likely used by older people with severe heart failure or healthy children with a gene that increases their risk of cardiac arrest.

Symptoms

PM: Medication is required as it works with the pacemaker to help the heart pump regularly and it relives symptoms of a slow, irregular heart rhythm.

Diagnosis/Prognosis

Diagnosis- You may need a pacemaker if you have a low heart rate (50 beats per min or less), fatigue, light-headedness, and even fatigue.

Prognosis- Research has shown that ICD's can extend and improve the quality of life.

Treatments

The Pacemaker and ICD are both treatments for those who have irregular heart conditions and need help on controlling their heart beats.
Videographic: Electric Beats - Pacemakers and the Human Heart