Implantable Devices for Atrial Fibrillation
Some cases of atrial fibrillation require regulation of the heart's functions.
Pacemakers and defibrillators are small devices that help control how the heart beats. Your doctor at the UPMC Center for Atrial Fibrillation may recommend implanting one of these devices to treat your atrial fibrillation.
- Pacemakers regulate the heart's electrical impulses to produce effective pumping.
- Defibrillators deliver a small electrical jolt that resets the heart's rhythm if it suddenly strays from normal.
- In both devices, an electrophysiologist implants the device and connects its electrodes to the heart.