What is Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy?
In some people with heart failure, the lower chambers of the heart don’t beat at the same time, forcing the heart to work harder. These people may benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy.
The Cardiac resynchronization therapy may make you feel better and increase the amount of energy you have. It may also reduce the chance you will have to go to the hospital.
Benefits of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Many people experience dramatic improvements in their quality of life and in their heart failure symptoms after receiving a heart failure pacemaker i.e., cardiac resynchronization therapy. They have more energy and can do things they never thought they would do again.
Not everyone responds to cardiac resynchronization therapy in the same way and your experience may vary. But research has shown that cardiac resynchronization therapy reduces the chance people with heart failure will have to go to the hospital. It can also reverse some of the changes in the heart’s shape and function caused during heart failure.
A heart failure pacemaker is adaptable. As your heart responds to the device, your doctor will be able to make additional adjustments so that you continue to receive the benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Am I a Candidate for a Heart Failure Pacemaker?
People receiving a heart failure pacemaker have moderate to severe heart failure and symptoms that can’t be managed with medicines and lifestyle changes alone.
What happens during the implant procedure?
The following section describes what happens during the implant procedure. It is intended as a general overview. Your experience may differ. Please talk to your doctor for specifics regarding your implant.
During the implant
Patients are awake throughout the procedure. Using local anesthesia, your doctor will make a small incision in the upper chest and guide three thin insulated lead wires through a vein and into your heart. The procedure does not require open-heart surgery.
Your doctor will then connect the lead wires to the heart failure pacemaker and then program the device settings. Finally, the device will be inserted beneath the skin and the incision in your chest will be closed. Most people stay in the hospital overnight and go home within a couple of days.
• 2 inch incision in upper chest
• 3 insulated wires (leads) guided through vein and into heart
• Leads connected to device
• Device programmed and tested
• Device inserted beneath the skin
• Incision closed
After the procedure
Following the implant, patient will typically stay overnight in the hospital and go home within a couple of days. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your incision and information on signs and symptoms that may require further medical attention. Usually, you can expect to return to your everyday activities a few days after the implant procedure. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.
After the implant, the doctor who implanted your heart pacemaker will work together with your heart failure doctor to manage your care. It is important to keep appointments with both specialists and to follow their recommended daily care to ensure the best possible results.
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