WHAT IS HEART FAILURE?

Heart failure happens when your heart muscles become too weak or stiff to pump blood effectively. It doesn’t mean your heart will stop, just that it isn’t working as well as it should. The lower chambers of the heart (the ventricles) aren’t contracting at the same time; the left side of the heart is out of sync with the right side. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) can be used to regulate heart rhythms with a pacemaker function (CRT-P) or a defibrillator function (CRT-D) to provide shocks as needed to prevent sudden cardiac death.

SYMPTOMS

The term “congestive heart failure” is used because of the congestion (fluid buildup) in the lungs that can cause shortness of breath. Individuals suffering from congestive heart failure may experience a number of symptoms.

Diagnosis

icon_diagnosisThere are many tests that can help your doctor determine the extent of your heart failure. More than one test may be needed before your doctor can provide a diagnosis.

Treatment

icon_treatmentThe treatment for heart failure will depend on the stages identified by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Those stages identify the existence of your symptoms and any limitations you may be experiencing as a result of your heart failure.

Living With

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After implant surgery, your doctor will give you instructions on activities to avoid and how to keep your incision clean and dry. You will also learn how implant sensors and monitoring will transmit information on battery life, lead function, and medical data on your condition.

Top Questions

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Everyone has questions. We’ve got answers to the ones CRT device patients ask most.

This list of questions and answers can help you prepare for your next doctor’s consultation and possibly ease unnecessary fears.

WHICH DEVICE?

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Every patient is unique. Answering a few survey questions will help your doctor decide on the best device for you and your lifestyle.

After completing the quiz we will provide a printable outline of your responses that can be easily shared with your doctor.

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Choosing Your CRT Device

Not all CRT devices are alike. Get our educational guide, Choosing Your CRT Device, and learn what functions are key to choosing the best device for your lifestyle.

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Not all CRT devices are alike. Get our educational guide, Choosing Your CRT Device, and learn what functions are key to choosing the best device for your lifestyle.