People with weakened heart muscles can sometimes struggle for breath.
In the weakest hearts, a lack of co-ordination can turn a stable patient into an unstable patient.
We can re-coordinate the heart with a special pacemaker, sited under local anaesthetic.
This can improve breathing problems in patients with heart failure and has been shown to save lives.
Sometimes, we will also implant a back-up defibrillator device at the same time. This is a life-saving technology, designed to re-start the heart in the event of a dangerous heart rhythm.