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Implantable Devices

Heart rhythm disorders and congestive heart failure may be treated with cardiac pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators, two types of implantable devices.

Patients with severe heart failure may receive a ventricular assist device, or VAD.

Pacemakers and Defibrillators

Implanted under the skin, heart pacemakers restore normal cardiac rhythm, or pace. They are used for patients whose hearts beat too slowly and those with atrial fibrillation or irregular heartbeat.

Pacemakers may be part of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a device that detects dangerously rapid heartbeat. The defibrillator delivers electrical shock to return heart rhythm to normal.

Heart failure patients may receive a biventricular pacemaker, to help the chambers of the heart beat together for effective heart pumping. Our Comprehensive Heart Failure Program has pioneered the use of echocardiography, or cardiac ultrasound, to resynchronize these pacemakers.

Our specialists also have expertise in cardiac device lead extraction and pacemaker diagnostics, to evaluate implanted devices and make sure they function correctly.


The high quality and cost-efficiency of our heart services have earned Abington Memorial Hospital recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross.Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

JointCommissionGoldSealThe Joint Commission also awarded Abington Memorial Hospital the Gold Seal of Approval and Disease-Specific Advanced Certification for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program and certification for advanced VAD (Ventricular Assist Device).

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