A CRT-D is a cardiac device which sends out electrical impulses through insulated wires placed in the heart to coordinate the contractions of the heart’s upper and lower chambers. In addition, both ventricles are paced to improve the pumping of the heart. A CRT-D also provides therapy for life-threatening rhythms. Unlike a traditional pacemaker, a CRT-D has an extra lead on the left ventricle to make the heart pump in a coordinated way.
CRT-D is used to treat the symptoms and other complications associated with Heart Failure (HF). HF is a common condition during which the pumping action of the heart is affected because the heart does not contract properly.
You may need the device if:
CHF(Congestive Heart Failure)
You have previously had or are at risk of having Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) or Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) which causes the heart to beat too fast.
Cardiomyopathy (weakened and enlarged heart muscle)
Significant electrical delay across the lower pumping chambers (bundle branch block).
The main benefit of a CRT-D is that it constantly senses the heart’s rhythm and automatically treats an arrhythmia which may be associated with your heart failure diagnosis.
Check your pulse and keep a record of it the way your doctor tells you.
Your doctor will check your device every three to six months.
Take your medicine the way your doctors tell you.
Follow all doctors’ advice..
Carry an I.D. card with you so others know you have an ICD.
Tell airport security that you have an ICD.
Household microwaves, electric appliances, most office and light shop equipment will NOT affect your ICD.
If you work around industrial microwaves, electricity, cars or other large motors, ask your doctor about possible effects..
You can use a cell phone, if you take these steps:
Hold the phone to the ear on the side of your body opposite from your ICD.
When your phone is on, try to keep it at least six inches away from the device. For example ,Don’t carry your phone in your chest pocket over your device.
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