Implantable devices can send a signal to the heart when it is beating slowly or irregularly (pacemaker), or an electrical shock when it is beating rapidly or erratically (ICD).

These interventions are sometimes paired with other arrhythmia therapies, and can also provide an option when other treatments are not working.

They can relieve symptoms and, in some cases, protect you from conditions that could threaten your life.

Implantable Devices at University of Maryland

We provide a comprehensive range of implantable devices to treat arrhythmia, as well as all needed support services.

Our program offers:

  • Deep experience: Our doctors implant hundreds of pacemakers and ICDs per year. They also know how to successfully treat a wide variety of arrhythmias, including those associated with complex diseases present at birth.
  • Treatment choices: We offer an extensive list of devices for treatment, with remote monitoring by our team to provide top care. The University of Maryland uses the most sophisticated pacemaker technology, including leadless pacemakers (a smaller model which is implanted via a catheter and is self-contained in the heart), multi-site pacemakers and biventricular pacing devices. Read about the latest leadless pacemaker (the Micra) that the University of Maryland's arrhythmia team is implanting.
  • Specialized repairs: Many medical offices can implant devices for basic arrhythmias. But we are among the few programs in the region that also troubleshoot device problems and fix the wires (leads) that run to the heart. We often receive referrals to do so from outside doctors. 
  • Leading research: We conduct studies on new devices, and offer appropriate patients the chance to join clinical trials.