TriStar Greenview February 22, 2016

MRI Compatible Cardiac Devices Now Available for Patients

A car engine is a power unit. So is the human heart. Both require mechanical checkups and highly specialized experts to service them. TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital’s dedicated staff and board certified cardiologists are ready to put the brakes on the nation’s number one cause of death – heart disease.

Last week, Sandeep Chhabra, MD, cardiologist, performed two cases that are the first of their kind in Bowling Green: a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Compatible Single Chamber Pacemaker Implant and a MRI Compatible Single Chamber Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implant.

“I am lucky to stay on the cutting-edge to bring the latest in technology to TriStar Greenview’s patients,” said Dr. Chhabra. „With the new Medtronic MRI SureScan®, the continuity of care will not be interrupted every time a patient with cardiac arrhythmias needs an imaging exam.”

Without a MRI-compatible pacemaker or defibrillator, there is potential for significant interference, infection and patient harm. In the past, when a patient needed imaging, the device would have to be explanted before performing imaging and then re-implanted. TriStar Greenview’s new advancements enable patients to have imaging done six weeks after their medical procedure without the additional procedures to remove and re-implant the device.

The devices allow for routine maintenance without ever having to go to the shop. A wireless remote monitoring system is in place so Dr. Chhabra can check and adjust a patient’s heart rate from home instead of going to the doctor’s office.

“Having a cardiac device is like having a car and this new innovation is the special edition of the car,” said Dr. Chhabra. „They’re essentially all the same, but enhancements on the existing technology.”

Dr. Chhabra checked in on his patients after their surgeries to provide follow-up care and see how their lives had changed in one week.

“I’m proud of this thing,” said Raymond Craft, patient with new MRI compatible defibrillator. “I’m also proud that the people at TriStar Greenview have the knowledge and know-how to make me live another 10, 15, maybe even 20 years.”

Jimmy Smith, patient with new MRI compatible pacemaker, said that he was feeling well after his procedure. Dr. Chhabra had the chance to show Smith and his family his new, efficient heart rhythm. The only concern Smith had was when he was able to get back behind the wheel again, to which Dr. Chhabra surprised Smith with letting him know he’ll be able to drive in a couple of weeks.

To learn more about an individual’s risk for heart disease, take TriStar Greenview’s online heart risk assessment. By answering a few quick questions, participants immediately receive a digital report with information that allows them to compare their actual age to their heart’s biological age; estimate their risk of developing heart disease over the next 10-30 years; and prioritize their most harmful cardiovascular risk factors. To take the heart risk assessment, simply visit TriStarHealth.com/myheartrisk.

For more information about heart disease prevention or for a free physician referral, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662 or visit us at TriStarGreenview.com.