Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha, the director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph’s Health, made history last month by successfully implanting an external defibrillator in two patients. He was thrilled to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking procedure and highlighted the ever-evolving nature of this field.
One of the first patients to receive this new innovation was Sarah Kennedy, who has been battling heart problems for 15 years. 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 of cardiac arrest, which is why a defibrillator is necessary. Traditionally, defibrillators involve a wire that is inserted into the bloodstream; however, this new system places the wire under the sternum, significantly reducing potential complications.
This minimally invasive approach offers patients the same life-saving capabilities as traditional systems while also providing them with a pacemaker that can prevent their heart from decelerating. Moreover, the device alerts medical professionals when it delivers a shock, allowing for immediate follow-up care.
Sarah Kennedy expressed her gratitude for the new defibrillator, which has given her a renewed sense of security and peace of mind as she goes about her daily activities.