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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

Devices For some people with chronic heart failure, an implanted surgical device can improve the conditions and symptoms of chronic heart failure. The most commonly used are: • Pacemaker: This device is implanted PLAY VIDEO ICDs directly into your heart and helps both sides of your heart contract at the same time, which can help keep your heart rate consistent and closer to normal. It ICDs video can also help with slower heart rates. The use of a pacemaker to correct arrhythmias in heart failure patients is called cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD): Similar to a pacemaker, an ICD is implanted just under the skin in your chest and has wires that connect through your veins into your heart. An ICD can function like a pacemaker, speeding up your heart if it’s beating too slow, and it can also correct a dangerous arrhythmia by shocking the heart back to normal. • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD): An LVAD is a battery-operated mechanical pump that pulls blood from the left ventricle and sends it into the pump, which then moves the blood into the aorta. The surgeon places the pump in the upper part of the abdomen. Another tube attached to the pump is brought out of the abdominal wall to the outside of the body and attached to the pump’s battery and control system. LVADs are often used as a temporary solution in patients awaiting a heart transplant. 13


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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