Bi-Ventricular pacing is used to treat the delay in heart ventricle contractions that occur in some people with advanced heart failure. Heart failure means the heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal. With heart failure, blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. A delay between the contraction of the right and left ventricles often occurs with heart failure, so the walls of the left ventricle are unable to contract at the same time.
The biventricular pacemaker is an electronic, battery-powered device that is surgically implanted under the skin. There are leads or wires that are positioned in the heart to help the ventricles beat in a more balanced way, resulting in increased blood flow. Typically the patient will be under general anesthesia for this procedure and can anticipate an overnight stay in the hospital.
For more specific, detailed information regarding this or any other cardiac procedure, please call the Cardiac Cath Lab at (608)775-2233 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52233, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.