Assessing and optimising pacemaker settings within the heart failure population
Dr Punam Pabari is a Cardiology Registrar supported by the British heart Foundation carrying out a PhD in patients with heart failure and biventricular pacemakers.
Her research identifies the beneficial impact of different pacemaker settings on blood pressure and heart function. These studies use ultrasound (advanced echocardiography) to measure response and provide images for analysis. These images and the accompanying measurements are acquired at rest and following exercise allowing optimal pacemaker settings to be identified. For the patient the aim will be to increase the ability to exercise and to improve overall physiology.