Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy //

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy is a special treatment for certain people with heart failure.

When the heart is pumping poorly is becomes uncoordinated.  This special pacemaker has an extra lead the delivers a pacing impulse to both sides of the heart at once.  This makes the pumping action coordinated once more, or resynchronised.

This type of treatment can radically improve patients symptoms of breathlessness and has also been shown to improve life expectancy.

The implantation procedure is very much like having a pacemaker fitted but given the complexity of the extra lead, the procedure can take longer.  These procedure are also usually undertaken with local anaesthetic as a day case procedure.