Implantation of Automatic Defibrillator – Spain


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Specialty Cardiology Complete Packaged Procedure


Specialty cardiology complete packaged procedure for implantation of an automatic defibrillator. This is one of treatments for patients who have certain alterations of the heartbeat (ventricular arrhythmias). This consists of fitting an internal device for generating electrical impulses and one or more intravenous cables-electrodes by means of a small operation.

It is usually performed with local anesthesia with the patient lying down. A small electronic device (cardioverter-defibrillator) is fitted in the selected place, generally under the collar bone, and it is attached to one or more cables (electrodes), depending on the case, that are very fine and flexible.

These are fitted through a vein and they are made to advance to the heart with radioscopic control. Then, the proper working of the device is checked, by causing and removing certain malignant arrhythmias (tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation) by means of one or several internal electrical discharges, for which purpose the patient is made to sleep for 5-10 minutes. Finally, the wound in the skin is closed with a few stitches.

The procedure duration is variable, with the patient having to remain in bed for several hours afterwards.

It allows the heart to recover its normal, regular beat, by removing the arrhythmia that it had and its harmful consequences. Furthermore, it can maintain a suitable rate for the heartbeats, adapted to the patient’s specific needs.

This treatment package for implantation of automatic defibrillator cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, cost of drugs and any related medical procedures required to administer the plan of care. Not included are other diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.

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