This specialized treatment for people with heart failure involves implanting a special type of pacemaker.
If you have heart failure or cardiomyopathy, your lower heart chambers (ventricles) may not coordinate correctly with your upper heart chambers (atria). This irregular heart rhythm reduces blood flow from your heart through your body. As a result, you may experience shortness of breath, abnormal fatigue or fainting (syncope).
With CRT, your doctor implants a small device called a biventricular pacemaker, or dual-chamber pacemaker, to regulate your heart rhythm.
A biventricular pacemaker, also known as a dual chamber pacemaker, uses electrical impulses to help your ventricles contract together to pump blood more efficiently. This specialized pacemaker can significantly improve quality of life for people with heart failure who don’t respond to medication.
If you need it, your doctor may combine your biventricular pacemaker with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). ICDs send small pulses of electrical energy to your heart to restore a normal rhythm after certain types of arrhythmias. Your doctor will determine which device(s) you may need after completing an electrophysiology study.
Implanting devices to treat people with heart arrhythmias is one of Aurora Health Care’s specialties. As one of the region’s most active and experienced heart facilities, you can expect outstanding care.
Your doctor will give you personalized instructions on how to prepare for your pacemaker procedure. In general, our guidelines are as follows:
We’ll do the implantation at an Aurora hospital. The procedure can take two to five hours. You may need to stay overnight so we can monitor your condition.
Find out more about what happens during a pacemaker procedure.
Before you go home, your doctor will give you detailed instructions about:
Get details on recovering from a pacemaker implant.