The use of pacemakers and CIEDs is becoming more and more common. While these devices extend and improve people’s lives with minimal problems in most cases, for patients who experience infections related to their devices, gaps and delays in guideline-recommended care can lead to preventable illness, disability, and death. Data have shown that these kinds of gaps and delays in guideline-recommended care are all too common. Improved awareness and timely diagnosis are essential to help save lives. In Episode 2 of the CIED Infection Initiative podcasts, Weill Cornell Medicine electrophysiologist Dr. Jim Cheung and Weill Cornell Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Ann M. Spalding review a case and have a conversation on the importance of timely CIED infection identification, and management.
This podcast is part of AHA’s CIED Infection Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to address the gaps in awareness, detection, and appropriate treatment of cardiovascular implantable electronic device infection. For the latest information about upcoming CIED events, please visit: heart.org/treat2beatciedinfection