The role of cardiovascular magnetic resonance in cardiac resynchronization therapy

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Randomized, controlled trials have shown that cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is beneficial in patients with heart failure, impaired left ventricular (LV) systolic function, and a wide QRS complex. Other studies have shown that targeting the LV pacing site can also improve patient outcomes. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a radiation-free imaging modality that provides unparalleled spatial resolution. In addition, emerging data suggest that targeted LV lead deployment over viable myocardium improves the outcome of patients undergoing CRT. This review explores the role of CMR in the preoperative workup of patients undergoing CRT.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-633
Number of pages15
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Cardiovascular magnetic resonance
  • Heart failure

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