Pacemaker And Congestive Heart Failure
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Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to supply oxygen rich blood to the various parts of the body. Invariably, this condition is brought on due to faulty heart valves, stiffening of the heart muscle, weakening of the heart muscle or diseases that demand more oxygen than the heart is able to supply.
There are numerous treatment measures adopted by doctors to treat congestive heart failure and one of them is making use of a pacemaker. Where pacemaker and congestive heart failure is concerned, the device helps to correct the irregular heartbeat that the patients suffer from. In addition, it helps with the heart failure, correctly really rapid beating of the heart and correcting slow beating of the heart.
When it comes to pacemaker and congestive heart failure, the device is fitted permanently either in the person's abdomen or the chest. From the device 1 to 3 wires are connected to heart and the responsibility of the device to send regular electrical signals to the heart. Usually, when the heart has an irregular heartbeat, the device sends a signal to the heart to correct this regularity. This signal is in the form of an electrical impulse and it is sent to the top portion of the heart to the bottom portion. This causes the heart to contract and pump out the blood. As this pumping action occurs, the pacemaker copies the same action.
Using of a pacemaker for congestive heart failure patients helps in enhancing the survivability and also improving the quality of life. Hence, this is one of the treatment measures that is used to treat congestive heart failure. However, at times, a person can develop a condition known as pacemaker syndrome. In this syndrome, the atrio-ventricular synchronicity is not present and causes a reduction in the output of the heart and hence, the heart does not beat as effectively as it used to before the syndrome. The syndrome occurs due to the inability of the device to stimulate the affected heart. An adjustment of the pacemaker can rectify this syndrome. Alternatively, the wires of the pacemaker can be attached to a new portion of the heart.
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