Steven J. Atlas MD MPH


Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)

A doctor places an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (also called an ICD) in the chest. The ICD has one or two wires called leads. These leads go into the heart through the subclavian vein (transvenous). Some ICDs have a lead that is placed under the skin so that it lies near your heart (subcutaneous). The ICD…

Press-up back extensions

Lie on your stomach, with your face down. Keep your elbows tucked into your sides under your shoulders. Press your elbows down into the floor to raise your upper back. As you do this, relax your stomach muscles and allow your back to arch without using your back muscles. Let your low back relax completely as you arch…

Permanent pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device that sends out small electrical impulses to make the heart beat in a regular rhythm and at a normal speed. A pacemaker consists of a pulse generator and battery that create the electrical impulses. Most pacemakers have wires (leads) that transmit electricity to the heart. A…

Stretches to ease backaches and fatigue

The following exercises should cause you to feel a gentle stretch, but no pain. Overhead stretch Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder-width apart. Looking straight ahead, raise both arms over your head and reach toward the ceiling. Do not allow your head to tilt back. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, then lower your arms…