Device therapy is another option for patients suffering from AFib. A pacemaker is a device that sends small electrical impulses to the heart muscle to maintain a suitable heart rate. Pacemakers are implanted in people with AFib who have a slow heart rate. The pacemaker has a pulse generator (that houses the battery and a tiny computer) and leads (wires) that send impulses from the pulse generator to the heart muscle, as well as sense the heart’s electrical activity. Newer pacemakers have many sophisticated features, designed to help with the management of arrhythmias and to optimize heart rate-related function as much as possible.
Tampa General Hospital offers the WATCHMAN™, a permanent implant proven to reduce stroke risk in AFib patients. The WATCHMAN™ is a minimally invasive, one-time procedure that can replace the need for long-term blood thinners. Learn more about the WATCHMAN™ Implant and how it effectively reduces the risk of stroke in AFib patients.