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Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) Top 10

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .25 hours
Estimated time to complete: 20 minutes
Publication Date: March 8, 2018
Expiration date: March 7, 2027
Reviewed: March 5, 2024


In the modern era, implantable medical devices are increasingly common and many cardiac patients receive pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). These devices can greatly improve symptoms, treat some aspect of congestive heart failure, and can prevent sudden cardiac death in many circumstances. These devices take advantage of the latest advances in computer miniaturization and in software development. Understanding the basic functions and capabilities of these devices in critical for both the cardiologist and for any health care provider involved in the care of such patients.

Note: This course is eligible for ACPE credit.

You Will Learn

  • To enumerate the common bradycardic rhythms that indicate permanent pacing.
  • To describe patients most suited to dual chamber or biventricular pacemakers.
  • To identify patients who may be sub-optimal candidates for single chamber, right ventricular pacemakers.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Pamela Mason, MD

Dr. Pamela Mason is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in electrophysiology. Her clinical practice includes atrial fibrillation, ablation, arrhythmias, complex pacemaker and AICD management and cardiovascular genetics. Dr. Mason is the Director of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program at UVA.

DISCLOSURE: Dr. Mason reports the following: Industry-funded research investigator and speakers bureau for Medtronic and Boston Scientific; industry funded research investigator for Boehringer Ingelhiem.

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