Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Live chat with nurse Judy

Janie asks: “How does a Bivent work I understand the pacing and defib, but unsure about the other function, I have one fitted due to Cardiomyopathy”

Judy says:

The benefit of biventricular pacing is that it in addition to regulating the heart rate, it can help to improve the pumping function of the heart muscle. There are three leads, one in the atrium, one in right ventricle and one in the left ventricle. By pacing both ventricles it help to synchronise them and thereby helping to make the heart more efficient. This can help to relieve symptoms. You can read more about biventricular pacing in our booklet pacemakers and more about cardiomyopathy here.

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