Cardiac resynchronisation therapy for patients with heart failure
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Cardiac resynchronisation therapy for patients with heart failure

Robert Frodsham Senior staff nurse, Coronary care unit, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, Liverpool

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) is a non-pharmacological treatment for heart failure. The method ‘resynchronises’ the contraction of the right and left ventricles, resulting in better cardiac output, thus improving symptoms. This article discusses symptoms, morbidity and mortality of heart failure; potential benefits of CRT to patients’ quality of life; and the implications of CRT for nursing practice.

Nursing Standard. 19, 45, 46-50. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.07.19.45.46.c3913

Correspondence

robert.frodsham@sthkhealth.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review