A pacemaker is a small device that is implanted in the chest to help control cardiac arrhythmias, or abnormal heart rhythms (when the heart beats too fast or too slow). This device uses electrical pulses to help the heart beat at a normal rate and relieve some symptoms of arrhythmia, such as shortness of breath, fatigue and fainting.
If you have a pacemaker, you need to have it tested approximately every three months to ensure it is functioning properly. At our Pacemaker Clinic, we will assess the battery life, check the pulse generator and leads, check for pocket erosion and extract diagnostic information from it. If any changes need to be made to your pacemaker, we will program it in to the device.
Coumadin is the brand name for Warfarin, a prescription anticoagulant (blood thinning) medication that prevents blood clots from forming in your blood vessels. If you take Coumadin for a cardiac condition, it is important to check the medication’s effectiveness on a regular basis.
At our Coumadin Clinic, we will obtain a blood sample using the finger stick method to check your Prothrombin time (PT) and International Normalized Ratio (INR). These measurements check to ensure that the Coumadin is doing its job to prevent clots without causing excessive bleeding. Results are immediate, and if your Coumadin dosage needs to be adjusted, the doctor can do so that same day.