“The new device allows me to choose multiple therapeutic options to match the specific patient needs,” said Lawrence Kanner, MD, FACC, director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at South Nassau. “It is also a high-energy device that offers advanced battery technology with excellent longevity, and is backed by the longest warranty in the industry, up to 10 years.”
This next-generation device includes options to promote appropriate therapy, reduce right ventricular pacing, and improve patient management. Additionally, the device streamlines the implant procedure with the new standard defibrillation connection system. The connector system is designed to reduce the time and number of steps required for the implant procedure, combining three separate lead terminals into one integrated connector and reducing the number of connections and setscrews needed in the device header. This keeps the device smaller and minimizes unnecessary bulk in the surgical pocket.
ICDs and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-D) have been proven in clinical studies to save and extend lives by preventing sudden cardiac death (SCD) and treating heart failure. Each year, SCD claims the lives of up to 460,000 people in the U.S. alone, and more people die from SCD than from lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.
Nearly 22 million people worldwide currently suffer from heart failure, a debilitating condition in which the heart weakens and gradually loses the ability to pump blood effectively. Approximately one million new cases of heart failure are diagnosed annually worldwide, making it the most rapidly growing cardiovascular disorder.
In addition to ICDs, Dr. Kanner and electrophysiologists at South Nassau use an array of advanced technologies to provide timely, accurate diagnoses and therapies to treat the range of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and defibrillator maintenance. Services include diagnostic studies, implantation and testing of pacemakers, and radiofrequency catheter ablation for the treatment of potentially fatal irregular heartbeats.
The Center for Cardiovascular Health also performs a wide range of coronary and peripheral interventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty, stenting, and thrombolytic therapy. When providing balloon angioplasty in an emergency, the center averages a door-to-balloon-
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South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 900 physicians and 2,900 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-