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New Pacemaker Combines MRI-Safe Option with Fully-Automatic Features

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is First in the NY Metro Area to Implant Device-

(Englewood, NJ, March, 1 2013) – Patients now have access to a new fully automatic, MRI-safe pacemaker at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, where its cardiac team became the first in the New York metro area to implant the device following approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February.

Jay Erlebacher, MD, FACC, Cardiologist at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, performed the Medical Center’s first implant using the Medtronic Advisa DR MRI™ SureScan®, which offers the most up-to-date pacing technology without compromising a patient’s access to critical MRI diagnostic imaging.

“The device is the first of its kind to combine all of the advanced features of a modern pacemaker with MRI compatibility, which was previously not the case,” explained Dr. Erlebacher. “Englewood Hospital is consistently at the forefront of groundbreaking cardiac care and we are thrilled to be the first in the region to offer our patients this innovative device.”

Dr. Erlebacher’s prior published scientific work on the effect of MRI scans on pacemakers was the first to show that pacemakers can malfunction dangerously while inside an MRI machine.

“It is gratifying to see the pacemaker industry respond to the enormous needs of patients with pacemakers who have, up to now, been denied the benefits of modern MRI scanning,” said Dr. Erlebacher.

The new pacing system can be set to “MRI-safe” mode, so that the scan does not interfere with the electrical pulses that sustain a patient’s heartbeat. Every year, an estimated 200,000 patients in the U.S. have to forego MRI scans due to pacemakers that are not MRI-safe.

“This new device allows us to treat and manage cardiovascular disease without sacrificing our ability to diagnose other potentially serious health issues that are common in the age group of patients who have pacemakers,” said Dr. Erlebacher. “Some of those health issues include cancer, stroke, and other diseases involving the brain, spine or abdomen.”

In addition to MRI access, the new pacemaker has been updated to automatically adapt to a patient’s individual needs. It is designed to deliver pacing pulses to the correct chamber of the heart when necessary, which may help reduce the risk of atrial fibrillation, a potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat.

Other benefits include a broad range of enhanced management tools that eliminate the need for manual checks and adjustments on the pacemaker. The device also features remote monitoring, which sends comprehensive arrhythmia and diagnostic data directly to the patient’s physician across a secure network.

“These features help to streamline services and treatment, offering added convenience for the patient by potentially limiting the number of follow-up visits to the office and hospital,” said Dr. Erlebacher.

For more information, visit www.bestheartdocs.com or call The Heart and Vascular Institute of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center at 201-894-3462.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.