I am being. Upgraded to a crt-d from an icd. Has anyone experienced an improved ef after installation?
There is good published work showing that CRT works - not for everyone, but it definitely can make a real difference to patient health and not just numbers like percentage LV ejection fraction (%EF). %EF is a great objective assessment for the EP docs, and done by the same operator over a period of time, it's valuable. There is a quite a lot of variability in the measurement, and between operators, so small changes (a few percent) can be misleading, although long-term trends are reliable.
But what really matters is how you feel - and CRT works.
I'm a recent upgrade to CRT-P from a dual chnaber pacemeker.
Feelign good. Doing a lot of running for whihc I'm still getting seom tweaking of settings.
My EP told me that CRT-D recipients have a 70% chance of improvement in the EF after the implant of a CRT-D. However, he also said that a crt-d implant recipient will feel better even without an EF improvement if the chambers were not synchronized before the implant.
My EF was 20% with my pacemaker and was told I suffered from pacemaker syndrome.Replaced it 1 year ago with a Medtronic ICD and my EF is now 37%. Will be having a Mugga scan next October for a new measurement but I am very pleased with the result.
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