Ventricular Pacing in Congestive Heart Failure: The Role of the Internist
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a complex clinical syndrome caused by multiple structural and functional alterations which together induce left ventricular dysfunction. Throughout the world CHF affects more than 22 million individuals and 4%-6% of the population over 65 years of age. With 2 million new cases every year, it has become a social and health program problem of immense proportions. At 5 years after diagnosis the survival rate is only 50%. The two main causes of death are pump dysfunction and arrhythmias.
KeywordsCongestive Heart Failure Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Left Bundle Branch Block Ventricular Pace Congestive Heart Failure Patient
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