CARDIAC RESYNCHRONIZATION THERAPY (CRT)
CRT is a clinically proven treatment option for some individuals with heart failure. A CRT device sends small electrical impulses to both lower chambers of the heart to help them beat together in a more synchronized pattern. This may improve the heartís ability to pump blood and oxygen to your body.
A CRT system is made up of two parts.
The heart device, which is actually a tiny computer, plus a battery, contained in a small titanium metal case that is about the size of a pocket watch.Insulated wires, called leads, that are implanted to carry information signals from your heart to the heart device and to carry electrical impulses to your heart
Types of CRT Devices
There are two types of CRT Devices. Depending on your heart failure condition, a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Pacemaker (CRT-P) or a Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator (CRT-D) may be indicated.
ICD COMBO DEVICE
A Heart Defibrillator is a device that detects if oneís heartbeats alter from normal patterns. The defibrillator then acts to alert the patient to their changed heart rates. This device is also known as an ICD Implant and the implant that is put in to help the patient manage any heart conditions that may already exist. This device, however, does not replace following your doctorís orders to take care of the other heart conditions you may already have. Note that for about 8 weeks after this ICD Implant of a Heart Defibrillator, any intense physical activity you may generally do is highly discouraged. It may also take up to a week to return to driving after the procedure as a precaution to let the ICD Implant settles in.
A Cardiac Defibrillator is an implant device that is placed in the chest or abdomen to help determine if there are any heartbeat abnormalities and arrhythmias. A Heart Defibrillator is another name for the ICD Implant or the Cardiac Defibrillator which is an Implanted Defibrillator put into the abdominal or chest area to notify the patient of symptoms they may be having. This is used when an open-heart procedure to fix the problem is not a feasible possibility due to other health conditions the patient already has. This device is exceptionally useful to use as a precaution for people who would not survive open-heart procedures, or for patients who have an exceptionally high mortality risk if major surgery were to be performed.