Adults with congenital heart disease constitute one of the fastest growing populations in cardiology. Pacing is an integral part of their therapy and may reduce their morbidity and mortality significantly. The current generation of pacemakers is more sophisticated and complex, and they are being utilized for indications other than conduction abnormalities, such as termination of tachycardia and improvement of heart failure. The complex anatomy and history of multiple previous surgeries in adults with congenital heart disease, however, pose many limitations and technical challenges related to the placement of a pacemaker. Unique and innovative approaches to endocardial lead placement and improved epicardial leads is making pacemaker implantation more feasible in these patients.
- Congenital heart disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine