Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
Mount Sinai Heart offers cardiac resynchronization therapy for patients who are candidates with moderate to severe congestive heart failure and who have experienced electrical heart rhythm disturbances affecting their heart's proper beating.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy uses a minimally invasive procedure to implant a small, specialized device on the heart called a biventricular pacemaker. The device works to resynchronize the heart's beating. It triggers the left and right ventricles to contract simultaneously to pump blood more efficiently to improve the heart's function.
Also, a biventricular pacemaker used to keep the heart's rhythm at the right speed can also be combined with an implanted cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to help shock the heart to a normal rhythm.
For an implantable device such as a biventricular pacemaker, or the device combined with an ICD, internal monitoring sensors on the device transmit information from inside the patient directly to the heart failure team's computers.
This real-time patient monitoring and available device data about the patient's heart function allows their heart failure team to assess their heart function daily and make the most educated, up-to-the-minute care decisions or changes.