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Saint Mary's Cardiology Implants New Cardiac Arrest Technology

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RENO, Nev. - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Saint Mary's Cardiology is among the first hospitals in northern Nevada to implant the Boston Scientific S-ICD System, the world's first and subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD) for the treatment of patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

"We are committed to delivering greater peace of mind to our patients and subcutaneous implantable defibrillators have been proven beneficial for those at risk for cardiac arrest," said Richard Bryan, M.D., medical director of Saint Mary's Cardiology. "Implementing this new device has allowed us to provide the most advanced protection for our patients."

The S-ICD System is designed to provide the same protection from SCA as traditional transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). However, the entirety of the system sits just below the skin without the need for thin, insulated wires – known as leads – to be placed into the heart itself. This leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, providing a new exciting solution for patients. Because the heart and vasculature are left untouched, it eliminates potential for vascular injury, reduces potential for systemic infection and avoids potential complications associated with endovascular lead implantation or extraction.

This system has two main components: one is the pulse generator, which powers the system, monitors heart activity, and delivers a shock if needed, and two the electrode, which enables the device to sense the cardiac rhythm and serves as a pathway for shock delivery when necessary. Both components are implanted just under the skin—the generator at the side of the chest, and the electrode beside the breastbone. Implantation with the S-ICD System is straightforward and can be done using only anatomical landmarks which removes the need for an X-ray procedure that is required for standard leads to be placed in the heart.

The pulse generator's discreet pocket placement offers excellent aesthetic results, even in slender patients. Once implanted, the S-ICD System is designed to not limit range of motion and most patients are able to resume normal daily activity shortly after the procedure.


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care and general medical/surgical hospital providing quality patient care since 1908. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology Program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group with six primary care offices, four urgent care facilities and two retail clinics and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit