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Published on December 05, 2011

Washington Adventist Hospital First in Region to Implant New Heart Failure Device

Innovative Pacing System Provides More Options for Managing Heart Failure

Takoma, MD – On December 2, Washington Adventist Hospital became the first hospital in the Mid-Atlantic region to implant the new Unify Quadra cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and Quartet Left Ventricular Quadripolar Pacing Lead. This quadripolar pacing system, an industry first, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on November 29, 2011. It allows physicians the ability to effectively and efficiently manage the individualized needs of patients with heart failure.

“Our cardiac team is dedicated to offering our patients the most advanced treatments available,” said Dr. Sean Beinart, electrophysiologist and medical director of the Center for Cardiac and Vascular Research at Washington Adventist Hospital, who implanted the device. “This new technology can reduce the need for an additional operation to reposition a lead, making it a great option for our heart patients.”

A lead is a long insulated wire that serves as a medium between an implanted device and the heart. The lead sends electrical signals from the device to the heart to provide therapy needed to address abnormal heart rhythms. The lead also carries information from the heart back to the implanted device, where the data can be used by the device to deliver therapy or make automatic adjustments, and used by physicians to determine optimal device settings and therapies for each patient.

The Quartet lead features four electrodes on a single, left-ventricular lead (or wire) instead of the current industry standard of two electrodes. Ultimately, having four electrodes provides more options for physicians to effectively regulate the patient's heartbeat.

The quadripolar pacing system is expected to become an industry standard as a result of its ability to reduce complications that would require surgical revision, something that occurs in approximately 5 percent of patients.

“We are pleased to mark another regional-first in cardiac care at Washington Adventist Hospital,” said Joyce Portela, President. “Offering our patients the most innovative options available allows us to provide the high-quality care our community has come to depend on.”

Many of the region’s “firsts” in cardiac care were performed at Washington Adventist Hospital, including the first open heart surgery, first heart bypass, first heart catheterization, and first Mini-Maze to correct atrial fibrillation. Earlier this year, Washington Adventist Hospital implanted the first MRI-safe pacemaker in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 281-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Washington Adventist Hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing more than 500 open-heart surgeries and more than 6,000 heart catheterizations each year. The Hospital is the first accredited Cycle III Chest Pain Center in the DC Metro Area. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery system based in Rockville, Maryland, that is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

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