(Credit: Deborah)

(Credit: Deborah)

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Dr. Raffaele Corbisiero, Chair of Electrophysiology and Pacing
Director of the Electromechanical Therapy Institute with a patient, Mr. Shapiro.

Often, people with moderate to severe heart failure lose coordination between the two sides of their heart. When those main pumping chambers – the ventricles – beat slightly out of phase, the heart pumps inefficiently, causing fluid buildup in the lungs and worsening symptoms such as swelling and shortness of breath.

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) uses an implanted pacemaker to send electrical signals to both ventricles so that they contract at the same time. Re-coordinating ventricular action reduces strain on the heart and relieves heart failure symptoms, helping patients live longer with fewer hospitalizations and a better quality of life.

Guidant Corporation’s Contak CD®/Easytrak® system for the treatment of severe heart failure.

Some patients who need CRT also need an implantable defibrillator to prevent and correct more serious heart rhythm problems that can result in sudden cardiac death. Devices that can address both kinds of cardiac timing issues have been available for some years, but their latest refinements have been applied at Deborah Heart and Lung Center ‘s Electromechanical Therapy Institute in New Jersey, headed up by Dr. Raffaele Corbisiero, who also chairs Deborah’s Electrophysiology Department.Contak

Dr. Corbisiero is an internationally-renowned expert on cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators.He talks with KYW’s Rasa Kaye about the implantable devices that protect and correct the failing heart.

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