SEARCH
Current Location:
>
> This Story

Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments

Never Miss a Story

Sign up for email alerts

 

More News Headlines

Vygon Group buys Medwin

UPENN and MILabs join forces to advance SPECT pre-clinical Imaging UPENN and MILabs join forces to advance SPECT pre-clinical Imaging

Smit Röntgen revolutionizes the Metal Additive Manufacturing industry by 3D printing pure Tungsten parts. The industry predominantly uses metal additive manufacturing for prototyping or the production of small quantities. Smit Röntgen opens doors for large volume industrial manufacturing of 3D printed pure Tungsten parts.

Akro-Mils Introduces Universal Hanging Bin

Novartis' investigational heart failure medicine LCZ696 cut cardiovascular deaths by 20% vs. ACE-inhibitor in PARADIGM-HF trial

Logic PD invests in WellClub to accelerate healthcare industry's drive to improve patient behavior

BC Technical Aquires Polaris Medical Imaging

California Hospitals Get Boost in Race Against Federal Healthcare Deadline Public health reporting requirements satisfied with California-certified MEDHOST YourCareLink

Medtronic Receives Clearance for the SHILLA(TM) Growth Guidance System

CONTROLLED POWER COMPANY RELEASES NEW THREE PHASE KVA SIZES FOR THE "SERIES 700A" POWER CONDITIONER!

Cardiac innovation at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

New Defibrillator May Offer 24/7 Surveillance Without Touching the Heart

CHICAGO /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's a familiar scene on most TV medical dramas: a patient is unconscious; CPR didn't work; someone yells, "All clear!" and the defibrillator paddles are applied to the person's chest in hopes the electric current shocks the heart back into action. In real life 350,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest every year because they don't have implantable devices or defibrillators nearby at the time of the cardiac arrest. Northwestern Memorial Hospital heart rhythm specialists recently gave a 34-year-old man a makeshift paramedic-who's always on duty-inside of his chest by implanting a device that did not require X-ray assistance and the usual snaking of wires leading to the heart. In fact, the innovative device rests just beneath the surface of the skin and its components are positioned using the patient's own anatomical landmarks.

"One of the greatest innovations about this new technology is that there are no leads touching the heart," said Bradley Knight, MD, director of cardiac electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. "That's a huge divergence from conventional defibrillators, where with every contraction of the heart the lead wires can bend. Bending can cause a wire fracture that could potentially send false signals to the defibrillator, causing the delivery of unnecessary shocks."

Story Continues Below Advertisement

Up To 80% Off on Medical Display Monitors! Call (832) 877-1250

We are wholesaler of pre-owned and new brand name medical display monitors. We have top brand grayscale and color LCD monitors with up to 3 years warranty and at least a 30 days money back guarantee at up to 80% off MSRP. DOTmed Certified



Knight explained that the electric shockwaves of a defibrillator can stave off or stop sudden cardiac arrest. He added that patients liken the electric impulse to getting kicked in the chest by a horse. When unnecessary shocks are delivered, they not only give patients severe discomfort, they could also trigger life-threatening arrhythmias.

Knight added that in some cases the false signals could also cause the defibrillator not to pace or shock when it's most crucial, frightening news to the 100,000 Americans who are implanted with defibrillators every year. Time is of the essence to these patients, whose abnormal heart rhythms require urgent treatment to prevent sudden death.

"This device's wires sit in the middle of the chest, and don't lead directly to the heart, so the chance of the wire's getting fractured or dislodged and not working as they should is reduced," said Knight.

Cameron Health's S-ICD system device handed Rosario Ahon the peace of mind that had eluded her for more than a year. Her husband Carlos was diagnosed in 2009 with cardiomyopathy, a disease affecting 50,000 Americans which causes the heart to become enlarged and its muscles to weaken, decreasing the heart's ability to pump blood efficiently to the body. This disease put Carlos at an increased risk for sudden cardiac arrest, and Rosario feared her husband would be taken from her without warning.

Continue reading New Defibrillator May Offer 24/7 Surveillance Without Touching the Heart...
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 >>

Related:


Interested in Medical Industry News? Subscribe to DOTmed's weekly news email and always be informed. Click here, it takes just 30 seconds.
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2014 DOTmed.com, Inc.
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED