While cardiac resynchronization therapy-equipped devices are top-of-the-line, that doesn’t mean they can’t be enhanced. One of the best ways to elevate their performance is with MultiPole Pacing (MPP).
What Is CRT?
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a relatively new approach to heart health that picks up where past treatments left off. Put simply, cardiac resynchronization therapy gets the different parts of your heart working together as a team, the way they do naturally.
It starts when a cardiac resynchronization therapy device is implanted in a heart failure patient to monitor the heart’s rhythm and pick up on irregularities. The exact specifics of the irregularities vary, but it’s essentially a deviation from the healthy functions of your heart.
When these anomalies are detected, an electrical charge is transmitted through small wires imbedded in the patient’s heart. These electrical charges serve as life-saving impulses that keep your heart working properly. Evidence shows that this type of cardiac therapy can lower the risk of life-threatening episodes for patients who have serious heart rhythm conditions. And it can improve their overall quality of life dramatically.
How MPP Can Make Your Device Even Better
MultiPole Pacing provides physicians with additional treatment options for patients who are non-responsive to cardiac resynchronization therapy. It helps remedy the problem by enabling the left ventricle to be paced twice per cardiac cycle. These paces can be either sequential or simultaneous, allowing for better customization of therapy to meet specific patient needs.
The benefits of MultiPole Pacing are crucial for a large number of heart failure patients, because nearly 40 percent1 are initially unresponsive to cardiac resynchronization therapy. It makes it possible for their physicians to tailor treatment approaches to each patient and get the best results.
Living with a CRT Device with MPP
Cardiac resynchronization therapy and MultiPole Pacing are only available from special devices that are surgically implanted in your body. The surgery required for these devices is different for each patient, but you can plan on staying at least a day or two in the hospital following the implantation.
Your physician will provide detailed instructions for the recovery period to help you keep the surgery site clean and avoid putting unsafe strain on your body. While recovering from the surgery, the range of motion in your arm will likely be limited. This is normal. There may even be a small rise in your skin where the device is implanted. Again, this is not unusual and is not something to be concerned about.
By following your physician’s instructions, you should be able to quickly transition back into your day-to-day routine. And your CRT device with MPP will ensure that your heart stays healthy and regular, which is crucial for a good quality of life.