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.

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