Advanced heart devices can be used to monitor and treat a variety of heart rhythm issues. For this type of highly specialized medical care, many patients turn to Paul Z. Gerczuk, M.D., a widely respected cardiac electrophysiologist who practices at FMC Cardiology — Electrophysiology.
Dr. Gerczuk focuses his practice on using ablation, heart devices, and other advanced techniques that can help his patients manage uncomfortable symptoms caused by irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias). He has extensive experience in performing minimally invasive catheter ablation procedures to address rogue cells within the heart that are generating stray electrical impulses and causing heart rhythm issues.
Another procedural aspect of his electrophysiology practice involves the implantation of heart devices. Depending on a patient’s specific needs, Dr. Gerczuk may recommend one of the following heart devices:
- Temporary pacemakers — Small, battery-powered devices that help restore the regular heart rhythm following a heart attack
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) — Electronic devices placed inside the body to continually track the heart’s rhythms and send a small shock to the heart muscle if an arrhythmia is detected
- Biventricular pacemakers for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) — Pacemakers that have leads designed to keep the ventricles pumping together by sending small, painless electrical impulses to the heart muscle as needed to “pace” its rhythms
- Implantable loop recorders — Tiny devices inserted under the skin that allow for continuous heart rhythm monitoring for up to three to four years
Many heart devices have built-in features that allow Dr. Gerczuk to continually track a patient’s heart rhythm, heart function, and activity level. Dr. Gerczuk evaluates this information on an ongoing basis to determine whether any changes in medication, diet, or physical activity are needed, and also to ensure that the patient continues to receive the best possible treatment for his or her condition.
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