Location: Montana Heart Center
Many people have irregular heartbeats, known as arrhythmias. Most arrhythmias are not serious, and many can be eliminated or reduced with healthy lifestyle habits such as getting plenty of exercise, not smoking, and limiting your alcoholic and caffeinated drinks. However, some arrhythmias can be dangerous or life threatening. These serious problems are often treated with a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
At the Montana Heart Center, Dr. Patricia Kelly has 25 years of experience helping people with arrhythmias. Implanting one of these devices involves a minor surgery and day or two in the hospital to make sure you are doing well. After your device is in place, we follow up with education and support as you get accustomed to your device.
While patients in many hospital cardiac device clinics see product representatives for follow-up appointments, patients at the Montana Heart Center are cared for by a registered nurse with extensive experience in this field. Cindy Allen RN, coordinator of the Cardiac Device Clinic, has been taking care of heart patients for more than 25 years, and she is dedicated to getting to know each one’s individual needs and delivering the highest quality care.
Cindy will answer all your questions and make sure you understand issues such as:
- When to resume your normal activities.
- What tools, appliances and other electrical devices you should avoid.
- What signs and symptoms should signal you to call your doctor.
- When to come in so we can check device and its battery. Pacemaker and ICD batteries don’t stop suddenly but they do eventually wear down. And at some point your device will need to be replaced.
Cindy checks patients’ devices at least once a year, and uses the opportunity to assess their overall health and learn about any new problems they may have. In fact, Cindy gets to know her patients well over the years and enjoys these lasting relationships.