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Electrical modalities beyond pacing for the treatment of heart failure

By Richard N. Cornelussen, Vincent Splett, Ruth Nicholson Klepfer, Berthold Stegemann, Lilian Kornet and Frits W. Prinzen

Abstract

In this review, we report on electrical modalities, which do not fit the definition of pacemaker, but increase cardiac performance either by direct application to the heart (e.g., post-extrasystolic potentiation or non-excitatory stimulation) or indirectly through activation of the nervous system (e.g., vagal or sympathetic activation). The physiological background of the possible mechanisms of these electrical modalities and their potential application to treat heart failure are discussed

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