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In patients with heart failure, sudden death occurs at four times the rate of the general population.

There is a 38% increased risk of mortality from sudden death from Heart Failure.

Ejection Fraction

The ejection fraction ( EF ) refers to the amount, or percentage, of blood that is pumped (or ejected) out of the ventricles with each contraction. This percentage, or EF number, helps your health care provider determine if you have heart failure or other types of heart disease.

What is a Pacemaker?

  • A pacemaker consists of a battery, a computerized generator, and wires with sensors called electrodes on one end.
  • The electrodes detect your heart's electrical activity and send data through the wires to the computer in the generator.
  • It is placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses low-energy electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
  • If your heart rhythm is abnormal, the computer will direct the generator to send electrical pulses to your heart. The pulses then travel through the wires to reach your heart.

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)

ICDs are similar to pacemakers. However, besides using low-energy electrical pulses to control abnormal heart rhythms, ICDs also can use high-energy electrical pulses to treat certain dangerous arrhythmias.

Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm

Cardiac Resynchronization

Cardiac resynchronization therapy is a proven treatment for selected heart failure patients that improves symptoms and extends survival.

Pacemaker Facts

Why Would you Need a Pacemaker?

  • Your heart beats too slow or too fast.
  • Your heart doesn’t beat regularly.
  • There’s a block in your heart’s electrical pathways.

How does it work?

  • A pacemaker uses batteries to send electric signals to your heart to help it pump the right way. The pacemaker is connected to your heart by one or more wires. Tiny electric charges that you can’t feel move through the wire to your heart.
  • Pacemakers work only when needed. They go on when your heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular.

How do I live with my pacemaker?

  • Doctor will check your pacemaker every three to six months. The battery in your pacemaker should last five to eight years or longer. When the battery runs down, you will need surgery to replace it.
  • Pacemakers can relieve some arrhythmia symptoms, such as fatigue (tiredness) and fainting. A pacemaker also can help a person who has abnormal heart rhythms resume a more active lifestyle.
  • Before recommending a pacemaker, your doctor will consider any arrhythmia symptoms you have, such as dizziness, unexplained fainting, or shortness of breath. He or she also will consider whether you have a history of heart disease, what medicines you're currently taking, and the results of heart tests.

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