Ask the Cardiologist

Q: What is submammary device implantation?
A: Submammary device implantation is placing a pacemaker or pacing-defibrillator under the breast rather than in the upper chest near the clavicle (collarbone). By inserting the leads to the heart through a smaller incision in the crease under the arm and placing the device through a second incision on the underside of the breast, the device and the incisions are essentially invisible with any type of clothing. An added benefit is the absence of irritation of the device and incision by seat beats, purse straps, and bra straps. For more information, call 319-467-2000.