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Henry Ford Hospital Implants New Defibrillator for People at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Date:12/16/2013

DETROIT, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A new internal defibrillator, on the cusp of a new standard of care in American cardiology to treat patients for a major heart risk, is being used at Henry Ford Hospital.

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Compared to the current devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrest, the new internal defibrillator has less risk of infection, no clots forming in blood vessels, no lead perforation through the heart wall, or puncturing the lining of the lung. Also, the lead is not subject to normal wear and tear of heart movement, as it is just under the skin, not inside the heart, which can cause breakdown of leads, thus needing to replace them.

Internal defibrillators are small devices, similar to pacemakers, which send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. The lead is the flexible electrical wire that conducts the shock from the defibrillator to the heart.

"This device should be considered a first-line treatment for patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest who do not require the regular stimulation of a pacemaker," says Henry Ford cardiologist Arfaat Khan, M.D. "Patients with an increased risk of infection will benefit the most, such as those with diabetes or on dialysis, as well as young patients that may need to have leads replaced as they wear out over time.

"It has the potential to become the new standard of care," adds Dr. Khan.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 350,000 lives each year, according to the Heart Rhythm Society. That's more deaths per year than those caused by breast can
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