What is Biventricular Pacemaker?
Biventricular pacemaker, also known as CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) is a type of pacemaker that can pace both the septal and lateral walls of the left ventricle. As promised in cardiac pacemakers introduction article in this one you will be able to find out everything you need or want to know about biventricular pacemaker. A heart whose opposing walls are not synchronized (20% – 25% of patients have this problem) is now resynchronized with biventricular pacemaker. Timing between the atrial and ventricular contractions can be adjusted to achieve optimal cardiac function. Also a biventricular pacemaker can be easily combined with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. It is notable to say that biventricular pacemaker is a procedure for patients who have drug therapy resistance.
Biventricular Pacemaker Cost
Cost of biventricular pacemaker could be an issue. The cost of one is near 20000$ (US dollars) and more if it comes with defibrillator. Probably the best clinic in US for this surgery is Cleveland Clinic Heart Center. There are some clinics in India that offer this surgery for a little more then 13000$ (US dollars).
Biventricular Pacemaker Complications
For any biventricular pacemaker complications you should talk to your doctor – cardiologist. Surgery is a standard procedure but patient must be aware of the complications. Some of most common complications are:
- Equipment failure (sometimes it happens that the body rejects pace box)
- Heart failure
- Potential surgery complications (human factor)
The patient should be well informed on this matter and be aware that these biventricular pacemaker complications are very rare and unusual. Big factor on complications are often the age and physical condition of a patient. When it comes to equipment failure despite the medicine technology improvement in last few years this is still a big issue. The failure occurs in 4% – 10% cases.