Pacemaker (ICD) & Arrhythmia Treatment in North Carolina

If your heart often feels like it “skips a beat,” you may have an irregular heartbeat. At the Heart & Vascular Center, our team of experts includes cardiac electrophysiologists, specialists in the heart’s electrical activities. Our team’s active participation in clinical trials means that we can offer the best available arrhythmia treatments. 

Innovative Arrhythmia Treatment in the Piedmont Triad 

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center uses the best available implantable cardioverter devices (ICD), including wireless pacemakers. In fact, we were one of the first hospitals in the country and the first in the Piedmont Triad to use this innovative device. Wireless pacemakers contain their own batteries, eliminating the need to place wires inside your body. 

Unlike conventional pacemakers, wireless pacemakers automatically transmit information about your heart to your doctor 24 hours a day. This information can help us manage your condition without the need for additional office visits. Advantages include: 

  • Convenience. Instead of coming to our clinic every three months to have your device read, you may be able to wait up to six months between visits. 
  • Safety. The device is set to report any problems you are having, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. 

Atrial Fibrillation Treatment at Wake Forest 

If you have atrial fibrillation, you may need a treatment for a variety of symptoms and conditions, including: 

  • A heart rate that varies from very fast to very slow 
  • Damage to the electrical control system of your heart (atrioventricular node)  
  • Problems with your heart’s natural pacemaker (atrioventricular (AV) node or sinoatrial (SA) node) 

At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we offer a variety of heart arrhythmia treatments, including: 

  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD): A small implantable device that can potentially stop life-threatening forms of arrhythmia by providing low- or high-energy electrical impulses. 
  • Pacemaker: Battery-powered device about the size of a pocket watch that sends low-energy electrical impulses to “set a pace,” so that your heart can maintain a regular heartbeat. Wake Forest Baptist offers both conventional and wireless pacemakers.
  • Cardioversion: A procedure using either electricity or medicine to shock the heart to trigger a normal rhythm. Learn more about cardioversion at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 
  • MAZE procedure: Surgical treatment that intentionally creates scar tissue on the heart, which can then block abnormal electrical signals causing the arrhythmia. 

Heart Arrhythmia Research at Wake Forest 

At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, we are at the forefront of developing new and better treatments for heart arrhythmia treatments. Our distinguished team of cardiac electrophysiologists maintains an active role in ongoing research, including: 

  • Serving as lead investigators for implantable device therapy research 
  • Assisting in writing national guidelines for device use and implantation 
  • Active participation in clinical trials for experimental treatments 

Contact Us 

Request an appointment for your arrhythmia treatment online. Or, for more information, please call: 

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free) 

 

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