We found 3 providers with an interest in cardiac resynchronization therapy and who accept Aetna Silver near Radnor, PA.

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Dr. David Ying Ching Lin, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. David Lin works as an adult cardiologist. After attending New York Medical College for medical school, Dr. Lin completed his residency training at North Shore University Hospital. His areas of expertise include cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), and ventricular tachycardia. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. He has received the following distinction: Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2009-2010, 2011-2012. In addition to English, he speaks Mandarin. Dr. Lin is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Sinus Problems, Cardiac Catheter Ablation, Electrophysiological Study, ... (Read more)

Dr. David S Frankel, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. David Frankel is a medical specialist in adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). Areas of expertise for Dr. Frankel include ventricular tachycardia, syncope (fainting), and pacemaker. He is affiliated with Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Frankel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Frankel completed a residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He speaks Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Catheter Ablation, Lung Problems, Cardiac Catheter Ablation, ... (Read more)

Dr. David J Callans, MD
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA
 

Dr. David Callans' specialties are adult cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm). He practices in Radnor, PA and Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Callans's residency was performed at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Areas of expertise for Dr. Callans include cardiac risk reduction, ventricular tachycardia, and syncope (fainting). He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and TRICARE. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Callans include: Philadelphia Super Doctors; Recognized annually in Philadelphia magazine's Top Docs issue from 2007 through 2017; and Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14. Dr. Callans is professionally affiliated with Pennsylvania Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT)

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Heart Problems, Lung Problems, Cardiac Catheter Ablation, 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.

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