Cardiac resynchronization therapy
Cardiac resynchronization therapy uses a pacemaker to get the left and right ventricles working together. The pacemaker stimulates the left and right ventricles to contract at nearly the same time. Some children with heart failure may be candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), a procedure widely used in adults. Children with cardiomyopathy — a heart that is weakened and unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs — may be candidates for CRT if their ventricles are not “synchronized.” With cardiomyopathy, the heart’s main pumping chamber — the left ventricle — is enlarged. It may take longer for electrical signals from the atria to spread throughout the ventricles. The right and left ventricles then lose their ability to beat at the same time, and heart function further decreases. The left ventricle, struggling to pump enough blood, can enlarge even more. The condition used to be known as cardiomyopathy associated with dyssnchronous contraction.
To address the condition, our Norton Heart Institute specialists can implant a dual pacemaker with or without an internal cardiac defibrillator. By pacing each ventricle, the heart becomes more coordinated and improves it’s ability to pump.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric electrophysiologists and pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Heart Institute are experienced with treating this severe heart failure with cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, is the leading provider of pediatric heart care in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Let our specialists determine if cardiac resynchronization therapy is an option to improve your child’s heart failure.
The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute’s pediatric heart care among the best in the region. With our network of remote diagnostic and treatment services in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, your child can stay close to home for quality care.
Why choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute
No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is ranked higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.
- Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
- Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
- More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, for advanced heart care.
- Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons ranked Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to handle a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
- Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient centers in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
- The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has certified the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
- The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is under construction to give our patients the most advanced cardiac intensive care unit available.
- Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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