Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is CRT the same as a pacemaker?
CRTs are divided into two categories. One is a unique type of pacemaker. A cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker (CRT-P) or "biventricular pacemaker" is what it's called. The other is the similar device, but with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator integrated in (ICD). A cardiac resynchronization treatment defibrillator is the name for this type (CRT-D).
2. How long can you live with a CRT?
According to these analyses, the median survival after device implantation is 4.62 years for CRT-P and 5.15 years for CRT-D.
References : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2768584/
3. How long will I need to stay for my CRT implantation in India?
You will stay at the hospital for 2-3 days and about a week to ten days in India after the procedure. So, you would need around 12-14 days for your CRT implantation in India.
4. Is it possible for a patient to have an MRI while he has the implanted device?
Yes, the patient can get the MRI done with the implant.
5. What impact will this device have on daily life?
The patient should stay away from certain hobbies like rough sports. Most people can resume their normal daily activities following a full recovery from the surgery.
6. What level of activity can a person maintain after using this device?
Many people can participate in their favorite hobbies thanks to an implantable cardiac device. However, some activities, such as rough-contact sports, should be avoided.
7. Is it OK to use common home items with the device?
Yes. The majority of household appliances are safe to use if they are well-maintained and in good functioning order. Microwave ovens, large appliances, electric blankets, and heating pads are all examples.
8. Is it possible for magnets to affect the device?
Magnetic therapy items, stereo speakers, and hand-held massagers, for example, can have a temporary effect on the operation of the implanted heart device. As a result, things containing magnets should be kept at least six inches away from the heart device.
9. Is it possible for a patient to travel with this device?
Patients who use a CRT device can travel with confidence and safety. A Medical Device ID card is given to the patient. This card serves as a reminder to medical and security officials that you have a CRT device implanted.
NOTE: It's critical to keep the card with you when travelling because the gadget contains metal pieces that could set off metal detectors at airport security.
Airport security wands may potentially cause the device to malfunction temporarily. Instead than employing a handheld wand, security staff should do a hand search. If a wand is being used, you can request that the security professionals search the device swiftly and without holding the wand over it. Because it may have an impact on the device.