Cardiology

More heart failure patients may benefit from CRT defibrillator

Certain groups of heart failure patients may see improved heart function with cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) if traditional implantable cardioverter defibrillator treatment does not work, according ...

Cardiology

New heart failure device is approved

(HealthDay)—The Optimizer Smart System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for people with chronic, moderate-to-severe heart failure who are not candidates for other heart failure remedies.

Cardiology

Left bundle branch block tied to left ventricular dysfunction

(HealthDay)—Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is associated with a smaller degree of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) improvement compared with other QRS morphologies, according to a study published in the Jan. 23 ...

Cardiology

Clinical benefits for CRT-D over ICD even with comorbidity

(HealthDay)—For patients with left bundle branch block, the benefit of cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) over implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) alone persists with comorbidity, according ...

Cardiology

Adding defibrillator to CRT no benefit in dilated cardiomyopathy

(HealthDay)—For patients with heart failure with indications for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), those with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), but not those with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), benefit from ...

Cardiology

PR interval prognostic of cardiac resynchronization Tx outcome

(HealthDay)—For patients with advanced systolic heart failure, the impact of cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillation (CRT-D) varies according to PR interval, according to research published in the February ...

Cardiology

Iron deficiency tied to worse response, remodeling after CRT

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), iron deficiency is prevalent and is associated with clinical response and reverse cardiac remodeling, according to a study published in the Jan. ...

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