More Advanced Heart Procedures Now Available at Backus Hospital

Human Heart Anatomy
Print icon

The Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute continues to add more advanced procedures for cardiac patients in eastern Connecticut.

Dr. Paras Bhatt, Medical Director of Electrophysiology in the East Region, inserted an implantable biventricular defibrillator in an 80-year-old patient who had ischemic cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle) at Backus Hospital on March 11 — the first time this advanced procedure was performed at the community hospital.

Paras Bhatt, MD. Hartford HealthCare Medical group and Heart and Vascular Institute.

The cardiac resynchronization device is a small battery-powered unit that recognizes a fast heart rate from the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) and will “shock” the patient if they go into cardiac arrest to correct the heart rhythm.

“In the past, patients had to go to Hartford Hospital for this procedure,” said Dr. Bhatt. “It’s a more advanced procedure than the standard single chamber or dual chamber devices.”

The procedure takes between two to three hours. The patient is home from the hospital within a day.

“When these devices first became available more than a decade ago, the procedure could take up to six hours,” said Dr. Bhatt. “Thanks to better tools and technology we can do it in less than three hours.”

The implantable defibrillator is recommended for patients with a heart pumping function of less than 35 percent. Patients with a pumping function of above 35 percent would be candidates for a pacemaker (CRT-P). Cardiac resynchronization devices are used for patients who also have underlying electrical conduction disease.

Information from the device is transmitted back to the cardiology office every 90 days allowing providers to detect any abnormalities that need to be addressed prior to the usual six month follow up visit.

To learn more about the Atrial Fibrillation Center at the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular Institute, click here.

 

 


What's New

Handwashing

Why Soap and Water Is More Effective Than Hand Sanitizer Against COVID-19

Store shelves may be wiped clean of hand sanitizer but soap is more effective for protecting yourself from COVID-19, according to infectious disease specialists. “If at all possible, wash your hands with soap and water,” said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, the chief of infectious diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, “If...

COVID-19 Test

Why People with Preexisting Conditions Are More at Risk of COVID-19

Risk is the buzzword during the COVID-19 pandemic and when it comes to people with underlying conditions like heart disease, diabetes or lung diseases like asthma, the chance that they will die from the virus can be as much as 10 times the average person’s chances. The American College of...

Jeffrey A. Flaks

A Message From Hartford HealthCare CEO Jeffrey Flaks

With the concerns about coronavirus and COVID-19, I want to assure you that Hartford HealthCare is doing everything possible to protect the safety and well-being of the people and the communities we serve, and our team of healthcare providers. Our goal is to be ready and prepared for whatever is...

Cancer/Yoga

A Healthier You: Upcoming Classes, Events in March

Got a bad  case of cabin fever? Snap out of it with upcoming classes on Medicare Advantage, surgical weight loss, joint replacement and how to cope with a new or chronic medical condition. That’s only a sample. Find a support  group that might help you, too. Then start your countdown...


The Link Between Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States and worldwide. For the man who regularly consults with his doctor, however, heart disease and its potentially fatal consequences are usually avoidable. Dr. Waseem Chaudhry is a preventive cardiologist at the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health Center....