Ameli | Dadourian Heart Center
Cardiologists & Internists located in Tivoli Village, Las Vegas, NV
The doctors at the Ameli | Dadourian Heart Center help patients keep their pacemaker working properly with regular pacemaker testing and adjustments performed at their state-of-the-art facility in Tivoli Village, Las Vegas, NV.
Pacemaker Testing Q & A
What is a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a small device that is used to regulate the heart's rhythm or beat. A pacemaker is implanted just beneath the chest skin during a minor surgical procedure. The pacemaker works by transmitting electrical impulses – tiny electrical charges – to the heart's electrical system to make sure it beats regularly. Pacemakers are often used to treat fainting spells that occur as a result of abnormal heart beats and congestive heart failure. In some cases, they may also be used to treat a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition that causes the walls of the heart to become thick.
Why does a pacemaker need to be tested?
Periodic pacemaker testing ensures the device is continuing to work the way it should and that it's optimized for your health needs. The doctor will also check the skin around the pacemaker to ensure it's not irritated. Pacemaker testing may also be referred to as interrogation.
How is testing performed? Will I need surgery?
No, the function of the pacemaker can be tested painlessly through your skin using a computer that's sometimes referred to as a programmer. A wand connected to the programmer is passed over the device to gather information which is sent to the computer. In addition to evaluating the function of the device itself, interrogation also evaluates the leads, determines the remaining battery life and helps the doctor decide if any adjustments in rhythm need to be made. When adjustments are necessary, they can be made right from the computer. The entire test takes about 10 minutes.
Will I feel anything during the testing?
Sometimes during an adjustment you may feel slightly lightheaded or flushed as changes are made to the strength, frequency or duration of the electrical impulses but those effects are very brief.
Most Major Insurance Plans Accepted
Medicare and most insurance plans accepted. Please click on the link, to the right, to view a full listing of companies. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the insurance plans we accept.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Ameli has been an excellent doctor for the many many years I've been using him, as well as compassionate, understanding and very knowledgeable."
"Dr Ameli sets the gold standard for medical care. He is patient, kind, insightful, caring, and cares for not only me, but extends his care to my family."
"He is amazingly knowledgeable and thorough. So polite and courteous...can disclose a seemingly scary situation in a reassuring way."
"Dr. Ameli takes the time to completely answer your questions. He schedules patients far enough apart that he there is no sense of being rushed through."
"My experience as a whole was amazing, everyone is friendly, helpful, courteous and I give the highest score and a giant thank you to them!"
"He is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and kind. I trust him completely and feel safe with him caring for me and my husband."
"I just love Dr. Dadourian because he makes me feel like I am his only patient and he takes the time to explain things when I don't understand."
"He takes his time, answers all my questions and never have I felt I'm just a number, I feel very fortunate to be in his care and highly recommend him to anyone."
"His responses are direct and helpful. He is highly intelligent and has great depth and breath of medical knowledge. Almost certainly the best doctor I've met."
"Dr. Ameli is an amazing physician with a true heart of gold. I was so impressed with his thoroughness and kindness. He truly helped me and was never rushed."
"I have been a patient of for many years, have great confidence, and think he and his staff are wonderful. I would never dream of going elsewhere..."
"Dr. Ameli is literally the best cardiologist in Las Vegas"