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what if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

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Dr. Charles Jost
36 years experience Cardiology
Bi-Ventricular?: Ideally you have or will have a biventricular pacemaker. This type of pacemaker, pm, is designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy. It has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. This therapy has been known to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for some pt.
Answered on Mar 1, 2016
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Dr. Bennett Werner
44 years experience Cardiology
Type?: Certain types of pacemakers (called bi-ventricular or re-synchronization devices) are used to treat CHF but a routine pacemaker (single lead or av sequential), neither causes nor treats chf.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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