Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha, the director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph’s Health, recently achieved a groundbreaking milestone by successfully implanting an external defibrillator into two patients. He expressed his excitement at being at the forefront of this procedure and highlighted the ever-evolving nature of the field.
One of the first patients in the northeast to receive this new innovation is Sarah Kennedy, who shared her experience with heart problems that began 15 years ago. She suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.
Dr. Al-Mudamgha explained that patients with weak heart muscles are at risk for cardiac arrest, necessitating the use of a defibrillator. Traditionally, defibrillators have involved a wire that is inserted into the bloodstream, but this new system places the wire under the breastbone, significantly reducing potential complications.
This minimally invasive approach offers patients the same life-saving capabilities as traditional systems, with the added benefit of a pacemaker that can prevent the heart from slowing down. Additionally, the device alerts medical professionals when it delivers a shock, allowing for immediate follow-up care.
Sarah Kennedy expressed her gratitude for how the new defibrillator has given her a renewed sense of security and peace of mind as she goes about her day-to-day activities.