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Home    HealthSense Magazine    2009 Archives    April - June 2009    Rhythm of the Heart
Rhythm of the Heart

Cardiologists at CoxHealth are using technological advancements to treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac death due to irregular heart rhythms. New implantable devices are smaller and more powerful than earlier designs.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD) are implanted near the shoulder with leads that go inside the heart to monitor the rate and rhythm, detect a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia and electrically shock a patient’s heart back to a normal pace.

The TELIGEN ICD is 40 percent smaller and has a more powerful battery to deliver an increasingly stronger jolt of electricity when subsequent shocks fail to restore the heart to a normal rate.

The COGNIS CRT-D combines the defibrillator technology with a cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), a type of pacemaker that can synchronize both the right and left sides of the heart when heart rhythms become irregular.

For more information, call 269-WHVC.

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