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      Urgent Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy in Patients with Decompensated Chronic Heart Failure Receiving Inotropic Therapy

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          Background: It remains unknown whether patients with severe decompensated class IV heart failure (HF) receiving intravenous inotropic treatment benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Methods: We identified patients who underwent urgent CRT implantation due to decompensated class IV HF necessitating intravenous inotropic therapy. Results: Of 10 patients with chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy (median QRS duration of 170 ms), CRT implantation was associated with symptomatic improvement in 8 patients. The mortality rate was 50% during a median follow-up of 9.5 months, with a median CRT-to-death duration of 6 months. Conclusions: CRT was feasible among class IV patients receiving inotropic treatment and was associated with clinical improvement.

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                Journal
                CRD
                Cardiology
                10.1159/issn.0008-6312
                Cardiology
                S. Karger AG
                0008-6312
                1421-9751
                2006
                June 2006
                03 July 2006
                : 106
                : 1
                : 59-62
                Affiliations
                Department of Cardiology, Rabin Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Petah-Tikva, Israel
                Article
                92616 Cardiology 2006;106:59–62
                10.1159/000092616
                16612071
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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