Surgery Center Services

Pima Heart ASC provides the highest quality cardiovascular outpatient procedures to the patients of Southern Arizona including:

Pacemakers

Pacemakers: Insertion/Removal/Exchange – A pacemaker is an electronic device that makes your heart beat more regularly. The device is placed under the skin on your chest and the wires travel through a vein into your heart. The pacemaker can read the electric signals your heart is trying to send and send more if needed. Pacemaker batteries last from 5-10 years so you will need to have your device checked and have it changed when needed. When the battery is changed, the wires stay but the small device that is under the skin is traded for a new one.

Implantable Loop Recorders

Implantable Loop Recorders: Insertion/Removal – An implantable loop recorder is implanted just over the heart under the skin and can remain in place for several years. The device detects problems with your heart rate and rhythm and automatically sends the information to your doctor as needed. If you have symptoms or feel there is a problem, you can also self-activate the device to record. If a problem is detected, you will be contacted by the office for further instructions. When you no longer need the recorder, a simple outpatient procedure will remove the device from under the skin.

Defibrillators

Defibrillators: Insertion/Removal/Exchange – A defibrillator is a life-saving device for people who are at risk for sudden cardiac death due to certain identified risk factors. All defibrillators can function as pacemakers also, but pacemakers do not defibrillate. The device is placed under the skin on your chest and special wires travel through a vein into your heart. The defibrillator can read the electrical signals your heart is trying to send, send more if needed and correct a fatal electrical storm by shocking the heart to restart it. Defibrillator batteries last 5-10 years, so your device will need to be checked regularly at your doctor’s office. When the battery needs to be replaced, the wires stay but the device under the skin is removed and replaced with a new one.

Vascular Procedures

Vascular Procedures: Small tubes are placed in the vein and/or artery to allow your physician to take special pictures with x-ray and look for blockages. If a blockage is able to be opened, the doctor may use special tools to open the blockage and get blood flowing through more freely.

CRT Devices

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT): Insertion/Removal/Exchange – Pacemakers and Defibrillators can be upgraded for people whose hearts are out of sync and in heart failure. Very specific criteria need to be met for these special devices and select patients with heart failure may see an improvement in their symptoms. Similar to a pacemaker and a defibrillator, the device is placed under the skin on your chest and special wires travel through a vein into your heart. The wires read the electrical signals your heart is trying to send and send more if needed. If the CRT device is a defibrillator, it can correct a fatal electrical storm by restarting your heart. The device batteries last 3-10 years, so your device will need to be checked regularly at your doctor’s office. When the battery needs to be replaced, the wires stay but the device under the skin is removed and replaced with a new one.

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