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New Pacemaker Combines MRI-Safe Option with Fully-Automatic Features
March 5, 2013  | 

Englewood, NJ – 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.

"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.

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. Continue>

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