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Heart Failure

When your heart is functioning correctly the lower chambers, which are called ventricles, pump in coordination with the upper chambers or atria. Heart failure is caused when these two chambers are out of sync. This failure results in the left ventricle not sending enough blood into the body to the brain and organs.

Common symptoms of heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath and cough
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • Increased weight
  • Constant feeling of exhaustion
  • Rapid, arrhythmic heart beat

If your cardiologist diagnoses you with heart failure, a biventricular pacemaker that helps resyncs the two chambers is a newer therapy that is giving heart failure patients relief from their symptoms. Called biventricular pacing, a pacemaker helps improve the electrical timing of the heart and improves a coordinated response between the ventricles.

The pacemaker is not recommended for all patients with heart failure, but can be beneficial for patients who are on medication and have confirmed electrical dysfunction in the heart. Talk with your cardiologist to determine if the bi-ventricular ICD is right for you.

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