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Open Access Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in 2015: Lessons Learned

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Over 20 years of research has led to the now widely accepted role of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in medically refractory, mild to severe systolic heart failure (HF) with increased QRS duration. In addition to conferring a mortality benefit, CRT has been shown to reduce HF hospitalization rates and improve functional status in this population. However, not all patients consistently demonstrate a positive response to CRT. Efforts to improve response to CRT have focused on improving patient selection and optimizing device implantation and follow-up, thereby correcting electrical and mechanical dyssynchrony. In this article we review the pathobiology of cardiac dyssynchrony, the rationale for the use of CRT, the history and the state of the art of CRT, and guidelines and recommendations for CRT, while also focusing on the areas of controversy and potential future applications.
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Keywords: biventricular pacing; cardiac resynchronization therapy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2015

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  • Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) publishes focused articles and original clinical research that explore novel developments in cardiovascular disease, effective control and rehabilitation in cardiovascular disease, and promote cardiovascular innovations and applications for the betterment of public health globally. The journal publishes basic research that has clinical applicability in order to promote timely communication of the latest insights relating to coronary artery disease, heart failure, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, prevention of cardiovascular disease with a heavy emphasis on risk factor modification. Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications is the official journal of the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GW-ICC). It aims to continue the work of the GW-ICC by providing a global scientific communication platform for cardiologists that bridges East and West.

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