Allen, Texas Resident Becomes First in United States to Receive New Heart Technology
Plano, TX -- April 11, 2011 -- Fifty-eight-year-old Stephanie Freeman became the first in the country to receive the latest in implantable cardiac rhythm device technology on March 30th. The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that was implanted in Freeman is one in a new Protecta™ portfolio of devices featuring SmartShock Technology, six Medtronic-exclusive algorithms that recognize life-threatening arrhythmias and deliver therapeutic shocks only when appropriate, therefore improving patient quality of life.1
An electrophysiologist on the medical staff at THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, Hafiza Khan, M.D., MMSc, FACC, said, "This new technology opens up great possibilities for improved quality of life for patients who suffer from arrhythmias. They'll have peace of mind that they won't be shocked inappropriately, and they can go about their lives without the anxiety and fear that sometimes comes with the use of ICDs."
Implantable defibrillators are designed to provide lifesaving shocks or painless pacing to stop life-threatening fast or irregular heartbeats, also known as ventricular arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Sudden cardiac death kills more people each year than lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined.7,8
The new ProtectaTM portfolio of ICD devices was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 28th and is designed to provide shock therapy only when necessary. According to Medtronic sources, while the majority of shocks delivered are necessary to treat potentially fatal arrhythmias, studies estimate that up to 20 percent of patients with implantable defibrillators may experience inappropriate shocks in response to a benign arrhythmia or electrical noise sensed by the device.2, 3, 4, 5 Additionally, data show that 61 percent of patients who received an inappropriate shock visited the hospital, clinic or emergency room at least once within three days of receiving therapy.6
"I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have gotten the first new ProtectaTM defibrillator from Medtronic. What a blessing! I have great confidence in what it can do to improve my life," Freeman said.
About Cardiac Device Therapy
Implantable cardiac devices such as ICDs and CRT-D devices are designed to treat a variety of problems that stem from a faulty electrical system in the heart. The devices benefit patients who experience dangerously erratic heartbeats, have experienced a previous heart attack or have survived sudden cardiac arrest, which puts them at risk for future life-threatening episodes. The devices are tiny, battery-powered computers about the size of a pocket watch. They are implanted under the skin, generally on the left side of the chest near the collarbone, and connected to the heart via leads. These tiny wires are inserted into the chambers of the heart through blood vessels for two purposes — to carry information signals from the heart to the device, and to carry electrical impulses from the device to the heart.
About THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano
THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is the first and only freestanding, full-service hospital in this region dedicated solely to heart and vascular health care and is designed to maximize the delivery of safe, quality, and compassionate care. The $134 million, 116-bed hospital was created through a partnership between Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and cardiovascular physicians and surgeons practicing in North Texas. The hospital has received numerous awards and recognition since its January 2007 opening, including three Press GaneyTMSummit Awards for Inpatient and Emergency Department satisfaction. Notably, this is the second year in a row that the hospital is honored with a Summit Award for Inpatient Satisfaction (2009 and 2010). The Summit Award is conferred upon health care organizations that have ranked in the 95th percentile - the top five percent in the nation - or higher in the Press GaneyTM database for three consecutive years. Most recently, the hospital also received Magnet® Recognition, a coveted designation currently held by only 5% of the hospitals in the United States. THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is only the 26th hospital in Texas to be granted Magnet® Recognition. The facility, located off of the George Bush Turnpike and Preston Road, is currently undergoing a multi-phase hospital expansion due to significant demand for its services. Recently, the hospital's Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care opened its doors in Pavilion 2 on the Baylor Plano Health Care Campus. Located at 4716 Alliance Boulevard in Suite 300, the center offers services for heart disease management, Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) consults and education, dietary and pharmacy consults, lab draws, and social services. Radiology and imaging services will also be provided beginning in May. Call 1.855.4CV.CARE to learn more or visit TheHeartHospitalBaylor.com/cvcare.
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2 Kadish A, Dyer A, Daubert JP, et al, for the Defibrillators in Non?Ischemic Cardiomyopathy Treatment Evaluation (DEFINITE) Investigators. Prophylactic defibrillator implantation in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy. N Engl J Med. May 20, 2004;350(21):2151-2158.
3 Daubert JP, Zareba W, Cannom DS, et al, for the MADIT II Investigators. Inappropriate implantable cardioverter?defibrillator shocks in MADIT II: frequency, mechanisms, predictors, and survival impact. J Am Coll Cardiol. April 8, 2008;51(14):1357-1365.
4 Poole JE, Johnson GW, Hellkamp AS, et al. Prognostic importance of defibrillator shocks in patients with heart failure. N Engl J Med. September 4, 2008;359(10):1009-1017.
5 Mitka M. New study supports lifesaving benefits of implantable defibrillation devices. JAMA. July 8, 2009;302(2):134-235.
6 Sweeney et. al. "Differences in Effects of Electrical Therapy Type on Health Care Utilization in the MVP ICD Trial" Heart Rhythm Society, May 2010
7 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures. 2006.
8 CIA. The World Fact Book - Rank Order - HIV/AIDS - deaths. Available at http://www.cia.gov.
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