Cardiac Lead

A cardiac lead is a flexible wire, coated with insulation that connects a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator generator (ICD) to the interior of the heart.

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Cardiac Lead Removal is the extraction of one or more leads.

Your doctor may have determined that your lead(s) should be removed for one of the following reasons:
  • The lead is damaged
  • The lead requires more energy to function than the device (pacemaker or ICD) is able to deliver
  • There is an infection at the implant site of the lead
  • The lead is interfering with blood flow back to the heart
  • The lead is interfering with other leads or may interfere with new lead(s) that need to be placed in your heart

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