Pacemaker and AICDS


If the heart is beating too slowly, that is causing problems of low blood pressure or even loss of consciousness, there may be a problem with the electrical conduction system of the heart. This may be treatable by the insertion of a pacemaker. A small incision is made in the chest and the device is placed under the skin. This is then attached to lead(s) that are passed through a vein and positioned in the heart.


AICDS are devices used to prevent sudden cardiac death in high-risk patients. They are implanted by an Interventional Cardiologist. The AICD is similar to a pacemaker except larger in size and can deliver electrical shocks to the heart if needed to stabilize the heart rhythm. For more information, please contact the Cardiology Department of the Galway Clinic.