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DMC Cardiovascular Institute First in Midwest to Implant New "Protecta" Defibrillator in a Cardiac Patient
Date:4/5/2011

DETROIT, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) announced today that it has achieved a significant breakthrough in cardiac heart-care by implanting the newly available "Protecta" defibrillator in a heart-care patient.

The successful procedure, which took place at the DMC March 30, marked the first time that the innovative Protecta device has been implanted in a cardiac patient anywhere in the Midwest.        

The Protecta defibrillator, approved for clinical use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only eight days ago, is designed to greatly reduce the inappropriate electrical shocks that can occur with traditional defibrillators – often in situations where patients are located near electrical currents or electrical equipment.

According to recent medical research, more than 20 percent of heart-care patients who are outfitted with defibrillators experience such inappropriate shocks at times.  But the new high-tech Protecta was specially designed to virtually eliminate such unwanted electrical impulses in most patients.

Implanted defibrillators are a vital necessity for many heart-care patients who struggle with arrhythmias, since these irregular heartbeats – caused by interruptions in normal electrical heart-signaling – can trigger sudden cardiac death in severe cases.  (More than 350,000 Americans die from these sudden heart attacks each year.)  In the past, however, even the most effective defibrillators often subjected their owners to inappropriate shocks that can interfere with the defibrillation process.

But the successful implantation of the new Protecta at CVI now means that patients who require a defibrillator in order to guard against arrhythmia can also be protected against such accidental shocks.          

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