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Dr. Dhanunjaya Reddy Lakkireddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1530 N Church Road
Liberty, MO
 

Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy's medical specialty is adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Dr. Lakkireddy has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include syncope (fainting), ventricular tachycardia, and pacemaker. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Lakkireddy is a graduate of Osmania Medical College. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) for residency. Dr. Lakkireddy (or staff) speaks the following languages: Telugu and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Cardiomyopathy, Research, Neuromuscular Disorders, Heart Problems, Lung ... (Read more)

Dr. Rhea C Pimentel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1530 N Church Road
Liberty, MO
 

Dr. Rhea Pimentel works as a cardiologist and cardiac electrophysiologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Pimentel include syncope (fainting), ventricular tachycardia, and pacemaker. Dr. Pimentel accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. She graduated from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Pimentel trained at the University Hospitals, Cleveland for residency. She has received the distinction of Kansas City Super Doctors. She is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Supraventricular Arrhythmia, Ventricular Arrhythmia, Syncope, Ventricular Tachycardia, ... (Read more)

2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 28
  • Uninsured Cost: $690
  • Medicare Cost: $442
Dr. Yeruva Veera Madhu Mohan V Reddy, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
1530 N Church Road
Liberty, MO
 

Dr. Yeruva Reddy practices adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). His areas of expertise include heart attack, syncope (fainting), and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Reddy is professionally affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Reddy graduated from Armed Forces Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Creighton University. Dr. Reddy (or staff) speaks Telugu and Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Supraventricular Arrhythmia, Ventricular Arrhythmia, Syncope, Ventricular Tachycardia, ... (Read more)

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What is Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)?

A cardiac resynchronization therapy device, also known as a CRT or biventricular pacemaker, is a kind of pacemaker that can help the heart work more effectively. In certain kinds of heart failure, the ventricles, or larger chambers in the heart, stop working together. When they are no longer in synch, the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. CRT can help keep the heartbeat regular and the ventricles contracting at the same time.

Just as with a standard pacemaker, a biventricular pacemaker consists of a small battery pack and electrical leads, or small wires that conduct electricity to the heart. CRT pacemakers have two or three leads, placed in the upper and lower chambers of the heart. The device measures the contractions of the heart, and if the heart begins to beat out of time it will send small, rhythmic pulses of electricity to resynchronize (hence the name “cardiac resynchronization therapy) the contractions. This allows the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body more efficiently. Sometimes a CRT is combined with a different kind of device called an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or ICD, which uses a higher burst of energy to restart the heart if it stops suddenly.

When a biventricular pacemaker is inserted, the wire leads are usually placed via a small incision near the shoulder, then threaded through a vein to the heart. The battery pack is placed under the skin of the chest near the collarbone. Once everything is in place, the leads are connected to the battery, and the CRT can begin helping the heart beat correctly.

It is normal to experience swelling and discomfort as the incisions from surgery heal. It takes time for the heart to adjust to the pacemaker, so vigorous activity should be kept to a minimum for the first few weeks. Strong magnetic fields may affect how the CRT functions, so you may be advised to avoid them. As your heart begins to pump blood more effectively, you should soon begin to feel stronger and less fatigued.