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Pacemakers & Defibrillators

An irregular heartbeat can be a very serious condition. Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia) occur when the electrical system of your heart is not working properly. There can be many reasons your heart beats in an irregular fashion. You can be born with it (congenital) or it may be caused by heart disease or high blood pressure. Some lifestyle factors can affect the pattern of your heart beat, including: smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and some over the counter cold and cough medications.

The experienced cardiac team at Lowell General can help effectively treat irregular heartbeat or cardiac arrhythmias through the use of implantable devices, such as Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD), These devices used to support a heart that does not beat fast enough (pacemaker) or to terminate (shock) a heart from a lethal rhythm to a normal rhythm (ICD).


A pacemaker is a device that is implanted under the skin below the collar bone. One, two or three leads (fine wires) carry an electrical impulse from the pacemaker (a battery) to the chambers of your heart. Pacemakers are used when your own heart beat is too slow or compromised.

Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

A cardioverter defibrillator or ICD, like the pacemaker, is a device that is implanted under the skin. One, two or three leads (fine wires) carry an electrical impulse from the ICD (a battery) to the chambers of your heart. An ICD is used when your own heart develops a life threatening rhythm, the pumping function of the heart is extremely poor, or you have already survived a cardiac arrest. An ICD can "shock" the heart back to a normal rhythm.


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