Inova Heart and Vascular physicians have the expertise to identify the patients who might benefit from pacemakers. They are most often recommended to those with the following conditions:
- A symptomatic and slow heart rate, usually less than 60 beats per minute
- Atrial fibrillation with a slow heart rate
- Heart failure
- Inability to increase the heart rate to match a level of exercise
- Hyperthrophic cardiomyopathy
- Fainting spells
Inova Heart and Vascular Institute physicians make sure pacemakers are programmed in ways the work for each person, depending on need. Two of the newer pacemakers that improve the function of the heart include are the atrioventricular and biventricular devices.
The atrioventricular devices stimulates both the atria and the ventricular chambers of the heart in a coordinated way to improve cardiac output. A biventricular device coordinates the contractions fo the left and right chambers of the ventricules creating heart resynchronization. This is reserved for patients with more severe symptoms of heart failure.