Cardiac Devices are like pacemakers that prevent the patient from going into heart failure and improve patient’s quality of life.
These are small battery operated devices that are implanted near or inside the heart to ensure proper heart beat and to save the heart from going into failure.
No, Dr Rajiv Agarwal implants these devices with a minimal invasive procedure known as cardiac cathetorization that is performed in a cath lab.
Yes, All patients feel better and lead a better quality of life after their cardiac device implant procedure.
CRT or Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy device is the most common cardiac device that is implanted. It comes in two variants such as CRT-D and CRT-P. Read below more about them.
Depending upon your overall health and the type of device implanted. You will be able to go home after 2 to 3 days post procedure.
Yes, most patients lead a normal life after getting treated but an expert opinion is required to check for the proper functioning of the device and overall heart-health.
CRT – It is also known as biventricular-pacemaker. Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy or CRT balances the beat timing of the righ anf left sided walls and the chambers of the heart. It synchronizes the beat of the whole heart after the patient has suffered from a heart attack or failure. When the heart is unable to pump blood efficiently, then the fluid builds up in the legs and lungs. The inability of the lower chambers of heart (ventricles) to beat at the same time creates this issue. That’s why a pacemaker with 3 leads is implanted that is attached to both the ventricles and to the right atrium, it makes them contract at the same time.
ICD – ICD is the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator. It constantly monitors the heart beat and delivers a shock if the heart beat becomes dangerously abnormal. This is a condition called Ventricular tachycardia or Ventricular Fibrillation and it can be fatal within seconds. Hence ICD acts like the patient’s own mobile ICU and can be life-saving. It can be fixed along with CRT if required for patients with a weak heart and broad complexes (or left bundle branch block) on the ECG. With the defibrillator installed, CRT is known as CRT-D or Combo device.
CRT-D – The D in this type of device stands for defibrillator. The defibrillator treats both abnormal and fast heart rhythm. In case the beat is slow, the device increases the rate like a conventional pacemaker. However when the heart starts beating dangerously fast, the CRT-D device gives it a small shock that makes the rhythm normal. This is a life-saving device for arrythmia patients.
CRT-P (BIV) – This is the same as the CRT mentioned above. The P stands for pacemaker. This pacemaker makes the two ventricles contract together as well as maintains the pace of the heartbeat. Read more about pacemaker implantation in Delhi.
You will be taken to the procedure room and intravenous fluids are given to make you sleepy and to give you some painkillers. You will be awake during the procedure but you will not feel any kind of pain during the procedure. Local anesthesia is applied to the chest area when CRT needs to be implanted, the area is usually under your left collar bone or clavicle. After numbing the area a small cut is made on the chest area and the CRT wires are sent to the heart via a vein. Once the wires are in place on the two chambers, they are attached to the CRT generator and checked. After that a pocket is created under your chest skin to hold the CRT generator battery. The CRT device is then placed in that area, checked for proper functioning and the incision is closed. You will be sent to the recovery room after the procedure.
Cardiac device implantation is a minimal-invasive procedure but it carries a few risks that each and every procedure has such as infection on incision site, movement of pacemaker, etc. These complications are highly unlikely with Dr Rajiv Agarwal as he has decades of experience in dealing with such devices and has a high success rate in his patients.
Dr Rajiv Agarwal believes that not every chest pain is heart attack and the patient must be checked thoroughly before reaching a diagnosis. A good diagnosis is the treatment half-done.
Dr Rajiv Agarwal is an experienced and skilled heart doctor for all the heart diseases treatment, Coronary Angiography doctor in Delhi, diagnostic procedures, cardiac catheterization, stent placement, pacemaker surgery and LVAD procedure etc.
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