Important Safety Information

CRT-P

A CRT-P monitors the heart’s rate and rhythm and provides electrical stimulation when the heart does not beat or beats too slowly. The CRT-P is designed for patients who have a slow heart rate.

As with any surgery, there are potential risks involved with having a CRT-P implanted. Your doctor is the best source of information about risks. A small percentage of patients may develop complications from the implant surgery, including bleeding, infection, lead dislodgement. Lead or device problems also can occur following surgery. Generally, risks depend on age, general health, specific medical condition and heart function.

After receiving a CRT-P, items with strong magnetic fields, including MRI machines, should be avoided. Some appliances and tools also can affect the device.

This device is available by prescription only and is not right for everyone. Individual results may vary. Consult your doctor about all possible benefits and risks.

CRT-D

CRT-D treats dangerously fast rhythm disorders called ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation in the lower chambers of the heart. The CRT-D sends a shock to the heart muscle to interrupt the rhythm disorder and allow the heart to resume its normal rhythm.

As with any surgery, there are potential risks involved with having a CRT-D implanted. Your doctor is the best source of information about risks. A small percentage of patients may develop complications from the implant surgery, including bleeding, infection, lead dislodgement. Lead or device problems also can occur following surgery. Generally, risks depend on age, general health, specific medical condition and heart function.

After receiving a CRT-D, items with strong magnetic fields, including MRI machines, should be avoided.

This device is available by prescription only and is not right for everyone. Individual results may vary.

Last Reviewed: April 25, 2011 V-00304