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Physicians within the Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program treat patients with heart failure who have diminished heart function and need special pacemaker therapy to synchronize the pumping action of the heart.
This program works through the collaborative efforts of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program, Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and echocardiography services at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center. We also work closely with referring primary cardiologists or internists to ensure continuity of care for patients.
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is provided for patients with heart failure due to an abnormality in the pumping of the heart's ventricles. The heart's ventricles are supposed to contract simultaneously, but in many patients with heart failure, they may beat out of synchrony. Learn about cardiac resynchronization therapy
Care within the Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program truly has no boundaries. Our specialists care for patients in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room settings, as well as follow them remotely in their homes. Bluetooth and radiofrequency (RF) capabilities are typically used in coordination with defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Jane and Bob Wass have been married for 59 years and rarely leave one another’s side. Jane left Bob at home for 35 minutes one afternoon and, when she returned, she found Bob had collapsed from a heart attack. They went to Mass General, where they learned he had a dyssynchrony. Bob's care team implanted a pacemaker and defibrillator, and he experienced an immediate improvement in his health. The team continues to monitor Bob’s heart remotely. Watch video
Our physicians have found that cardiac resynchronization therapy can offer patients a number of benefits. Some of these benefits include:
Cardiac resynchronization therapy involves the placement of an implantable biventricular pacing device with three leads (right atrial, right ventricular and left ventricular) that synchronize ventricular contractions. The result is a more efficient heart, and more importantly, a better quality of life for our patients.
This proactive approach saves lives by alerting patients and physicians often before symptoms occur. They receive detailed information on how the heart is beating and can call a patient into the hospital if there is a medical emergency.
Most patients are seen for three to four visits to maximize treatment therapies. Our specialists offer a variety of treatments and procedures including:
The Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program was established in November of 2005 to provide multidisciplinary care to heart failure patients eligible for device therapy. Care is provided through the collaborative effort and expertise of echocardiography, electrophysiology and heart failure specialists. The program uses research and evidence-based medicine to provide cutting-edge treatment options to patients.
AllResynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program physicians are on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, which means they not only have a mission to provide the best possible patient care, but also a commitment to educate the next generation of medical professionals.
Some of the important objectives of the program are to:
Our goal is to deliver state-of-the-art device therapy to improve the quality of life of our patients
Learn about cardiac resynchronization therapy
Specialists within the Resynchronization and Advanced Cardiac Therapeutics Program have a significant role in several national and international multicenter studies. We have advanced the field of device therapy by:
The care team at the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center encourages all patients and family members to learn more about conditions and diseases that affect the heart and overall cardiovascular system. The links below provide more information about heart conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.
Arrhythmias are heart rhythm disorders that may originate in the atria (the receiving chambers of the heart) or the ventricles (the pumping chambers of the heart).
Cardiomyopathy is any disease of the heart muscle in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood effectively.
Heart failure, also called congestive heart failure, is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough oxygenated blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs.
Mass General is dedicated to ensuring that people understand their health care choices and have the necessary information to make decisions affecting their health and well being. The related support and wellness information listed below can play a role in treatment options.
Learn what to expect before, during and after
your surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center by downloading and printing our patient guide to cardiac surgery.
As you prepare for your catheterization, Massachusetts General Hospital clinicians want you to feel as comfortable as possible. To help you understand what to expect during your visit, this booklet describes key steps of your catheterization procedure.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offers a patient guide to cardiac anesthesia. Our dedicated clinicians believe it is important for you to know what to expect before, during and after a cardiac anesthesia.
Cardiac nurses at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center offer support and guidance during a family member's open-heart surgery or transplantation.
Clinicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center invite patients with heart failure and their families to attend a series of heart failure education classes.
The team-based approach of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care ensures physicians approach complex situations from all angles, providing cohesive multidisciplinary care.
Jagmeet Singh, MD, Director of the Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, discusses his team’s recent study about multidisciplinary care (MC) versus conventional care (CC) in CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) patients.
MGH Hotline 2.18.11 Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the MGH Heart Center and Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program brought attention to hearts everywhere by celebrating “Go Red for Women” month with a series of events and activities to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
It’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans are affected by heart failure—a condition characterized by the slow, progressive deterioration of the heart’s pumping ability. The syndrome occurs when the ventricles become too weak to pump sufficient blood to the body or when the ventricles become stiff, hindering blood from filling the heart. Often, heart failure is accompanied by a buildup of fluid pressure in the pulmonary blood vessels.
A new clinical trial at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center gives patients the power to monitor their hearts and change their medication dosing daily to prevent the symptoms of heart failure.
New wireless technology allows Heart Center clinicians to keep tabs on heart failure patients wherever they are.
In 2008, the Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Center completed the most heart transplants in the region. Personal trainer and strongman competitor, Jim Murphy, is one shining example of the great successes of the program.
Jane and Bob Wass have been married for 59 years and rarely leave one another’s side. Jane left Bob at home for 35 minutes one afternoon and, when she returned, she found Bob had collapsed from a heart attack. They went to Mass General, where they learned he had a dyssynchrony. Bob's care team implanted a pacemaker and defibrillator, and he experienced an immediate improvement in his health. The team continues to monitor Bob’s heart remotely.
Corrigan Minehan Heart Center
If you are a new patient, you may call the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center outpatient access office at 866-644-8910, or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment. A member of our access team will ask you more about your condition and symptoms, and match you with the best-fitting Corrigan Minehan Heart Center physician.
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