|1.||Cardiac Catheterization Instructions|
|What is Catheterization?
Catheterization is a procedure performed to evaluate for blockage in your heart arteries or pressures inside your heart that could be responsible for your symptoms or abnormal stress tests.
|2.||Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Placement|
|How does an ICD work?
An ICD (implantable cardioverter defibrillator) is a small device that corrects your heart rhythm. An ICD has a pulse generator that is implanted in your body, and one or more leads (wires) that are threaded into your heart.
|What is a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a small device that corrects your heart rhythm. Your heartâ€™s natural pacemaker is called the sinus node â€” a cluster of cells that sends electrical impulses to make the heart beat. If the sinus node doesnâ€™t work properly, an artificial pacemaker can keep your heart beating at the right pace.
|What is a tilt-table test?
If you often feel faint or lightheaded, your doctor may use a tilt-table test to find out why. During the test, you lie on a table that is slowly tilted upward. The test measures how your blood pressure and heart rate respond to the force of gravity. A nurse or technician keeps track of your blood pressure and your heart rate (pulse) to see how they change during the test.