How can I ensure that my child’s pacemaker or ICD is working properly?

Although your child’s device is built to last several years, always have it checked regularly to ensure that it is working properly. Different physicians may have different schedules for checking devices,and some can be checked in the home using a telephone and special equipment provided by your child’s device manufacturer.

Battery life, lead wire condition, and various functions are checked by performing device interrogation. During an interrogation, the device is connected to a computer using a magnet and a special machine.

Your physician may ask you to check your child’s pulse rate periodically. Report any unusual symptoms, or symptoms similar to those your child had prior to the device insertion, to your child’s physician immediately.

Always consult your child’s physician for more information, if needed.