Advances in medical technology mean that it is now entirely possible to relieve the symptoms of heart rate disorders and dramatically increase the quality of life in patients suffering from the same. Thanks to Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Specialists in Cambridge, like Dr David Begley, heart rate management is now easily achievable using a variety of different techniques and solutions.

What is A Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device?

Cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) is a term that encompasses a range of devices including pacemakers for bradyarrhythmia treatment, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) for tachyarrhythmia management, and (CRT) devices for systolic dysfunction with conduction delays.

With plenty of research and data to support the use of such devices, CIEDs are a popular and effective solution to patients suffering from heart rate malfunctions and disorders.

What are Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Devices also known as?


A pacemaker is a medical device which uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. They are usually considered for patients suffering from a group of conditions called arrhythmias, in which the heart’s rhythm is abnormal.


Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

A cardioverter-defibrillator is a device that is implanted inside the body, and is able to perform cardioversion, defibrillation, and pacing of the heart. This type of CIED is commonly found in patients that suffer from dangerous, sudden and potentially life threatening types of arrhythmia, such as those that cause the ventricles to beat too fast or quiver.


Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT)

CRT is a heart failure treatment option in which an implantable heart failure device helps the lower chambers of the heart to beat in rhythm. This is suitable for patients who are at risk of heart failure.

An experienced Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Specialist in Cambridge, like Dr David Begley, will be able to assess which device is likely to offer the most successful outcome for each patient.

Who Would Benefit From The Use Of A Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device?

CIED’s provide effective treatment for many people by reducing symptoms and/or by preventing sudden cardiac death. Of course, this is extremely beneficial to patients suffering from a wide range of heart conditions known as arrhythmia’s. Heart arrhythmia, also known as cardiac dysrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, is a group of conditions in which the heartbeat is irregular, too fast, or too slow.

ICD’s in particular are used for patients suffering from potentially dangerous heart rate disorders that could cause sudden and life threatening changes to the rhythm of the heart. These devices are effective pacemakers, with the addition of a defibrillator that sends out one or more electric shocks to try and restore the heart to a normal rhythm.

Dr David Begley has many years experience of offering long term solutions to patients suffering from a range of arrhythmia’s and heart rate management disorders. As a leading Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device Specialist in Cambridge, he is able to offer life changing medical interventions to patients throughout the county.


To make an appointment please contact Dr David Begley’s Private Secretary, Ruth Littlechild on 01480 364 112 or please use the contact form.

If you have experienced symptoms you might think are related to heart rhythm disturbance or have been diagnosed with an arrhythmia please discuss with your general practitioner whether referral is appropriate.