Emory Cardiac Device Clinics & Services

Cardiac devices such as pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, require routine, detailed follow-up to assure proper function. Emory’s Cardiac Device Clinics are located throughout the metro Atlanta area, to provide comprehensive follow-up care.

Device Clinic services include:

• Clinical follow-up of pacemakers, implantable defibrillators (ICDs), loop recorders and CRT (heart failure) devices by all manufacturers
Remote monitoring / follow-up of implantable pacemakers and defibrillators, as available by manufacturer
• Pre-operative evaluation for device patients scheduled for surgery at an Emory Hospital
• Transtelephonic monitoring for pacemakers
• Programming assessments for patients with continued symptoms after device placement
• Quarterly ICD and AF Support group meetings
• Patient education and support by experienced and caring staff members

Emory physicians have been national leaders and brought to market many new modalities that are advancing the field of Electrophysiology. Some of the results/procedures that make of the research

Emory physicians have developed procedures such as:

• Left atrial occlusion/isolation for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation. This procedure is an alternative to oral anticoagulants include the Watchman device and an upcoming clinical trial of another occlusion device.
• Using a left ventricular assist device, ventricular tachycardia ablation may be used for high risk patients with hemodynamic instability.
• The subcutaneous ICD system allows insertion without having to place the lead into the veins or the heart. Candidates for this procedure include those with occluded veins, those at high risk for infection, those with congenital heart disease, and those wishing to avoid intravascular lead insertion.
• Modulation of the parasympathetic activity in patients with neurogenic syncope may present an opportunity for treatment in difficult cases with newer methods such as the ablation of parasympathetic ganglia which is in the research stage of development.
• Emory electrophysiologists have accumulated a vast experience in complex lead extractions for infected or malfunctioning ICD pacemaker leads.

Patient Follow-up

Patients with pacemakers or ICDs can expect to have follow-up visits every 6-12 months depending on the device and patient diagnosis. These follow-up visits are required for optimal device function and monitoring of diagnostics. Patients are encouraged to contact Cardiac Device Clinic staff with questions or concerns about their device during business hours. Implanted Loop Recorders monitor the rhythms of the heart continuously. They are implanted under the skin on the chest by a cardiologist. They monitor the heart’s rhythm for 18-22 months. The stored information is extracted and evaluated non-invasively every few months.

Emory's Cardiac Device Clinic patients benefit from the latest innovation in technology - remote monitoring for pacemakers and ICDs (varies by manufacturer). Remote monitoring offers patients the convenient and timesaving option of having a device checked from home instead of coming into the clinic.

The Emory Cardiac Device Clinic has ICD/Pacemaker diagnostic clinic locations across Georgia.  

To find the best location for you or to schedule an appointment please call 404-778-7777.

24 hour event monitoring

All event recorders will be reviewed by an Emory Healthcare Electrophysiologist. The Emory Arrhythmia screening clinic will provide the patient with the device and instructions on its use.  All monitoring will be done from a central location and an Emory electrophysiologist will receive relevant transmissions associated with patient symptoms. Weekend, holiday and after-hours monitoring is available. 

AF Support Groups

Emory Heart & Vascular Center now offers a support group for all patients with atrial fibrillation (AF or A-Fib) and their family members. Meetings will be held quarterly and will offer lectures from an electrophysiologist (a physician who specializes in the electrical system of the heart), a question & answer session, and an opportunity to meet others who have faced similar challenges with this condition.

Emory A-Fib Support group dates and location information.

Arrhythmia Center Staff Certification

The Arrhythmia Center Staff maintain certification through the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners. This is the same board that certifies competency of physicians in electrophysiology. ALL staff members have at least a decade of experience in caring for heart/device patients. Staff receives specialized training monthly to maintain skills and proficiency.

Atrial Fibrillation