Non-Invasive Program Stimulation

If a patient with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has a change in their health or medications that may interfere with how his/her device works, then a Non-Invasive Program Stimulation (NIPS) may be performed. The test is done to insure that the device appropriately senses abnormal fast heart beats and attempts to treat them with either overdrive pacing or defibrillation shock.

The heart is stimulated on purpose via the device to evaluate the ability of the ICD to deliver a shock or rapid pacing sequence to restore a normal rhythm. If needed, your doctor can then make adjustments to your ICD programming.

Anesthesia is used during the procedure to ensure adequate sedation. The patient can usually go home on the same day as the procedure.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.