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What implantable medical devices help improve heart failure?

Here are two options for implantable medial devices that can help heart failure:

Biventricular pacemaker
Some heart failure patients have an electrical delay in their heart muscle contractions. This delay may mean the heart chambers do not beat when they should. If you have this delay, a biventricular pacemaker can correct it, so they chambers can beat in normal sequence. This may improve your heart failure symptoms and give you more energy.

Internal cardioverter defibrillator
An internal cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is used to stop life-threatening heart rhythms. The device can tell when these rhythms occur. Within seconds, it can deliver a shock and try to stop the rhythm. Recent studies have shown that an ICD can help someone with heart failure who is at risk for a life-threatening heart rhythm.

Most ICDs can also pace your heart to help keep a normal rhythm. A few precautions are advised if you have a cardiac device. For instance, large electromagnetic fields must be avoided, especially if you have an ICD.

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