Surgical Treatments for Congestive Heart Failure

If lifestyle changes and/or medication are not effective at controlling your congestive heart failure, surgery may be necessary. Nearly 50% of people with heart failure have defects in their heart’s ability to maintain a normal rhythm. Two devices used to help the heart maintain a normal rhythm are an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and a pacemaker. In this video, Dr. Holly Atkinson explains how these devices work as well as other surgical options that will help restore your heart to its normal pumping condition.

 

Dr. Holly Atkinson

This video features Dr. Holly Atkinson. Dr. Holly Atkinson specializes in Internal Medicine and is an award-winning medical journalist. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine as well as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Duration: 02:45.
Reviewed by: Dr. Suzanne Friedman . Review date: December 13, 2016
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