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What is a biventricular pacemaker?

What is a biventricular pacemaker?

CRT: Also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, this device 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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I an very deconditioned. I have a biventricular pacemaker. Would it be better to walk at a slow pace for a longtime or short time fast paced?

I an very deconditioned.  I have a biventricular pacemaker.  Would it be better to walk at a slow pace for a longtime or short time fast paced?

Slow: Conditioning should start at a slow pace for a period that will not cause exhaustion or fatigue. This may take a while before increasing the time duration. In patients with significant cardiac impairment duration of exercise rather than intensity is better in improving functional status ...Read more

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I'm on the biventricular pacemaker I was told its put under collar bone, Where are the other ones put?

I'm on the biventricular pacemaker I was told its put under collar bone, Where are the other ones put?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are preferably placed on the chest wall just below the clavicle(collar bone). They are all placed in about the same place regardless of single, dual or more chamber pacing. ...Read more

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Would a delay in performing pacemaker implantation cause permanent complications?

Would a delay in performing pacemaker implantation cause permanent complications?

Why do you need it?: If you're passing out with long pauses in your rhythm, delaying implantation could be lethal. If your symptoms are infrequent and mild, delay is acceptable. It all depends on the indication. ...Read more

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How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

It depends: It depends on the ablation type: almost never for wpw, atrial fibrillation/flutter or ventricular tachycardia; 1% or less for avnrt (atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia). In avnrt, there is an extra 'lane' in the av node that conducts electrical impulses leading to tachycardia and the ablation can unintentionally damage the whole av node resulting in heart block and need for pacemaker. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

It Varies: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pacemaker?

Can you tell me about pacemaker?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead(s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more