What Are The Different Types Of Heart Failure Surgery?
When the heart fails to pump the blood, the situation is called a failure of the heart. While shortness of breath, tiredness and fainting are some of the common symptoms of the problem, several tests like echo test, liver function test, and Angiography. The patient is taken to heart failure surgery once the situation is confirmed.
Heart Bypass Surgery
If the heart arteries are blocked or damaged, they won’t allow the free flow of blood to and from the heart. In this situation, a surgeon removes healthy vessels from the leg, arm, or chest of a patient and bypasses the blocked or damaged arteries. The healthy veins allow the blood to flow freely to and from the heart.
Repair or Replacement of Heart Valve
A malfunctioning valve could lead to the failure of your heart. But there is little to worry about as the damaged valve can be repaired. Depending on your overall medical health and the malfunction of the valve, your surgeon will make an opinion on the surgical treatment. He could suggest replacing the valve with a prosthetic valve with heart failure surgery.
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)
The surgery involves placing a pacemaker to help the heart to pump blood in the right way. A pacemaker is a small battery-powered device used for making the heart work well. Also called biventricular pacing, the device sends electrical signals to help the heartbeat at the right pace.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)
The human heart beats at a specific pace called rhythm. But sometimes the heart loses its rhythm for unknown reasons. And it could be life-threatening for a patient. But the situation can be controlled with a device called ICD installed by heart failure surgery. The device senses the abnormal rhythm and sends electric shocks to the heart muscles so the heart resumes its natural rhythm.
Left Ventricular Assist Device or LVAD is a heart pump placed in a patient’s body to support a weak heart. It is a pre-condition for a heart transplant. LVAD is used when the patient isn’t ready for a transplant or the patient has to wait for a transplant. The device is placed on the patient’s body and then attached to his heart.
Heart failure surgery is performed on the patients going through the last phase of their disease. It is a condition that can’t be treated with medicines or any other surgery. They need healthy hearts, but it all depends on the availability of the donors.