Silke Tamburini had suffered from heart failure for several years before cardiac resynchronisation therapy positively transformed her life. Getting out of bed, showering, riding her bike and even speaking have become everyday activities again. Today Silke can say, "It is such a wonderful feeling that now I can do all of the ordinary activities of life. It is as if nothing ever happened."
Imagine feeling weak all the time, day in and day out. Too tired to do the simplest things such as brushing your teeth or making a cup of coffee. Making frequent trips to the A & E. Perhaps eventually ending up on a transplant list - where you wait, and worry, and wonder. That only begins to describe the life of a heart failure patient.
It is estimated that well over 20 million people worldwide are affected by heart failure, with numbers rising rapidly year on year as the population ages. In Western Europe alone, there are already over five million heart failure patients, a number expected to rise to 10 million by 2030. Heart failure is also responsible for more hospitalisation than all forms of cancer combined.
It is the most frequent cause of hospitalisation in people over 65. Previously, the primary treatment for heart failure was a strict drug regime. Cardiac Resynchronisation Therapy (CRT) brings new hope to many heart failure patients. After a device implant, many patients experience a significant improvement in their quality of life.
"It is such a wonderful feeling that now I can do all of the ordinary activities of life. It is as if nothing ever happened."
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