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CRT-P

What does the pacing pulse from a CRT-P feel like?

Most people can’t feel it at all. The electrical pulse of a CRT-P is very small. If you do feel a pacing pulse, your doctor or clinician may change the settings to make you more comfortable.

Will a CRT-P be noticeable under my skin?

Many people just notice a small scar and a small bump after the incision heals. However, in people who are very small or thin, the device might stick out more. If you’re worried about how this might look, talk to your doctor. In some cases, the device can be located somewhere that will be less noticeable.

Are there any resources to help me decide about my treatment options?

There are many tools available to help you reach a decision. One, the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide (OPDG) is designed for any health-related and/or social decisions. It may be helpful for you to assess your decision making needs, plan the next steps, and track their progress in decision making.

CRT-D

Do the shocks from the CRT-D hurt when it is working?

Different people perceive shocks differently, so there is actually a wide range of experiences for a CRT-D shock. Some patients may not even be aware of the shock. Other patients may experience a mild sensation. Still others describe it like being kicked in the chest. Though it may be uncomfortable to receive a shock, it means your CRT-D responded to a very dangerous rhythm disorder of your heart.

How often does the CRT-D deliver pacing?

The purpose of the CRT-D is to deliver pacing when the lower chambers of the heart are not beating in synchrony. For the most part, this pacing is constant.

Will a CRT-D be noticeable under my skin?

Your device will likely stick out under your skin. If you’re worried about how this might look, talk to your doctor. In some cases, the device can be located somewhere that will be less noticeable.

Are there any resources to help me decide about my treatment options?

There are many tools available to help you reach a decision. One, the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide (OPDG) is designed for any health-related and/or social decisions. It may be helpful for you to assess your decision making needs, plan the next steps, and track their progress in decision making.