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.

Course Details

In this course, 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.

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Estimated time to Complete: 20 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .25 hours
Expiration date: March 7, 2021
Publication date: March 8, 2018

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Course Author

Pamela Mason, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Pamela MasonĀ is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in electrophysiology.
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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