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Pacing for Congestive Heart Failure -
Bi-Ventricular Pacing

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a debilitating and life-altering disease that may result after the heart is weakened by a heart attack or other illness. As a pump, the heart is most efficient when all walls are contracting at the same time. Some patients with CHF have electrical abnormalities that disrupt this coordination. As a result, the walls of the heart do not contract together, which may worsen heart failure. Patients may experience more fatigue, lack of energy and shortness of breath.


Technology allows us to coordinate the beating of the heart through advanced electronic pacing so that the walls will contract at the same time. The results can be dramatic with most patients reporting significant improvement in their ability to function. The procedure is similar to a pacemaker implant, allowing for some extra time to implant a special heart failure wire. Patients are usually discharged from the hospital the following morning.

What to expect:

  • Before the procedure
    You will first meet with the implanting physician in the office who describes the procedure in detail, including the risks and benefits. Once all of your questions are answered, your procedure will be booked over the next few days with the appropriate hospital. Some hospitals require an initial pre-operative evaluation by their staff and will make those arrangements with you. Your doctor may adjust your medications prior to the procedure.  We ask that you not eat or drink after midnight before your implant.
  • The day of the procedure
    When you arrive at the hospital on the day of your procedure, you will be taken to a pre-operative holding area where your day will begin. After you change, an intravenous line will be placed and gentle fluids will be administered. You will then be taken to the procedure suite and greeted by a team of physicians and nurses who will care for you. Importance is placed on privacy and comfort during the procedure. At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery area and finally to your hospital room.
  • After the procedure
    Patients are typically discharged by noon the following day. Discharge instructions and follow-up appointments are provided before leaving. Patients are instructed to call our office at anytime with any concerns or questions.
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