A First for Heart Failure Patients in Louisiana 07/03/2006
Cardiologists practicing at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center are
the first in the state of Louisiana to implant an innovative, wireless-enabled
cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D), which is used to treat
heart failure patients with abnormally fast and potentially life-threatening
heartbeats that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest. The device was implanted by
cardiologist N. Joseph Deumite, MD, with Louisiana Cardiology Associates.
The wireless device helps track and manage heart failure symptoms. It also
will deliver a shock to terminate a dangerously abnormal heart rhythm. The
Concerto CRT-D device, approved by the FDA in May 2006, also sends tiny
electrical impulses to the heart muscle to resynchronize the contractions of the
heart’s lower chambers, helping the heart pump blood throughout the body more
The Concerto CRT-D
is one of the first implantable cardiac devices available with Medtronic’s
proprietary Conexus™ Wireless Telemetry, developed using the Medical Implant
Communications Service (MICS). Using the MICS band enables reliable
communication between the implanted device and clinician programmers and patient
home monitoring units.
Wireless communication allows patients to be examined wirelessly, no longer
needing to undress and have electrodes put in place for an exam. Patients can
also be followed remotely, which is a convenient option if they travel
frequently or live far away.
“The benefit of these devices, as compared to previous devices is that they
contain wireless telemetry to allow us to interact with the devices from home,
or more efficiently in the healthcare setting. They contain several features
that allow us better and safer care of the patient,” Joseph Deumite, MD,
“Our Lady of the Lake is committed to using the most advanced technology to
provide the finest, most comprehensive cardiovascular services for our
patients, said Chuck Daigle, Vice President of Management and Professional
Services. “The OLOL Heart Center offers a breadth of services few facilities can
match in a single location,” continued Daigle.