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Defibrillator Programming Specialist

Children's Cardiology Group

Pediatric Cardiologists located in Orange, CA & Mission Viejo, CA

If your child has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), your pediatric cardiologist schedules routine exams to monitor its function and your child’s cardiovascular health. At Children’s Cardiology Group in Orange and Mission Viejo, California, the team of expert pediatric cardiologists provides defibrillator programming to help your child stay healthy. Call Children’s Cardiology Group or schedule a consultation online today for more information about defibrillator programming.

Defibrillator Programming Q & A

What is an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)?

An ICD is an implantable device that tracks and regulates your heartbeat. Modern ICDs provide pacemaker functionality as well as defibrillation, addressing heart rates that are too slow or too fast. 

ICDs are effective treatments to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients who have known heart issues like fibrillation or tachycardia. ICDs require routine checks to make sure they are functioning correctly, and your cardiologist can reprogram the device to ensure that your child’s cardiovascular needs are being met. 

Why would my child need an implantable defibrillator?

The team at Children’s Cardiology Group might recommend an ICD if your child has:

  • A ventricular arrhythmia
  • A congenital abnormality or heart disease
  • Long QT syndrome
  • Brugada syndrome

Cardiologists might also recommend ICDs after a heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest. 

Some of the signs that your child might have a cardiac condition include becoming short of breath or fatigued easily while playing or exercising. They might also have swelling in their hands, feet, or ankles. Infants might have a blue tinge to their skin or have trouble feeding. 

What is defibrillator programming?

Your cardiologist programs your child’s ICD when they implant the device. While an ICD is designed to last 5-7 years, they also need to test the ICD from time to time and program it to ensure it continues to meet your child’s needs as they grow up. 

Your pediatric cardiologist provides a customized maintenance schedule including in-office check-ups and well as at-home checks via a telephone line. These check-ups are called “device interrogations.” Your doctor can evaluate the battery life, lead wire condition, and other various functions. 

What happens during defibrillator programming?

During an in-office device interrogation, your cardiologist places a special wand over the ICD, noninvasively connecting it to a device programmer. Data from your child’s ICD transmits to the device programmer, and your cardiologist reviews the information. If your child’s ICD needs to be updated, your cardiologist uses the device programmer to adjust the heart rate zones that trigger the ICD into action. 

If your child has an ICD or you are concerned about their cardiovascular health, call Children’s Cardiology Group or make an appointment online today.

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