Cardiac devices in emergency department heart failure patients

Heart Fail Clin. 2009 Jan;5(1):63-73, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.hfc.2008.08.012.


As more patients have pacemakers and internal cardioverter defibrillators implanted, and live longer with these and other life-extending therapies, the utility of these devices and the potential for malfunction become meaningful to physicians. This article presents a basic understanding of the reasons for implantation, how the devices function, and what to do to help improve patient care if a problem occurs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
  • Defibrillators, Implantable* / adverse effects
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pacemaker, Artificial* / adverse effects
  • Tachycardia / etiology
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Ultrafiltration