Cardiac resynchronization therapy

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) treats people with heart failure who have developed arrhythmias, or irregular heart beats. CRT helps your heart’s lower chambers (right and left ventricles) work together, so they can pump enough blood to your body. We use CRT to relieve heart failure symptoms.

CRT is also called biventricular pacing, because it uses a biventricular pacemaker. This pacemaker sends small electrical impulses to keep both the right and left ventricles in sync.

What you should know about CRT:

  • People who are candidates for CRT have moderate to severe heart failure and take medications to manage the condition.
  • CRT can improve quality of life for people with heart failure and limited mobility because of symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath. It can mean the difference between being bed-ridden and being able to walk.

Why choose Geisinger for CRT?

  • Pacing expertise: CRT is an advanced pacing technique and requires expertise in several areas, including cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. The Geisinger heart care team brings these specialties together to offer biventricular pacing for people with heart failure.
  • Range of heart failure treatments: CRT is part of the full variety of tailored heart failure treatments we offer, from the simple to the complex. This range includes medications, CRT, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), pacemakers and defibrillators, and heart surgery. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment at Geisinger.
  • Focus on outcomes: Heart failure is a chronic condition. We cannot cure it without a heart transplant, but we can greatly improve the quality of life for people with the condition. Our team of specialists collaborates every day to make sure we are combining therapies the right way, for the best results.

Treats these conditions

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) can help you feel better. We may suggest it if you have:

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