WiFi Heart

01 June 2011

SGU School of Medicine student Glenn Nanney explains the finer points of cardiac rhythm management during a pacemaker implant surgery at Grenada's General Hospital. Behind him SGU alumnus Dr. Jason Finkelstein implants a dual chamber pacemaker into his cardiac patient - one of only about 25 devices implanted at the General Hospital over the past 10 years.

Now, let's get down and dirty with the technical data from Glenn's notes: "The patient was in third-degree atrioventricular heart block, with a ventricular rate of about 35 bpm. Once the pacemaker was implanted, the device began to track the patient’s P wave and pace the ventricle in response to the patients intrinsic atrial rate. The device was a St. Jude Medical Identity® ADx dual chamber pacemaker, paired with the Tendril® SDX series of lead wires."

My favorite part? The team was able to configure the pacemaker wirelessly via a highly specialized laptop.

St. George's General Hospital
St. George's, Grenada

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