TMH offers new heart implant

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A new procedure is available at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for those at risk of sudden heart attacks.

The implantable defibrillator, known as the S-ICD, has only been available for the last three months at Trumbull Memorial. It is designed to protect patients against sudden cardiac arrest without touching the heart.

The defibrillator is placed just under the skin where the implant automatically delivers a lifesaving shock when an abnormal heart rhythm is detected.

“The advantage of these devices is there is less risk of infection,” said Dr. Mita Rahja, electrophysiologist. “If an infection does occur, the extraction of the device is very simple.”

The implant is the size of an iPhone but is not very visible. The device may not be appropriate for everyone at risk of sudden cardiac arrest, but it can provide an option for patients such as those that couldn’t handle the traditional implantable defibrillator.

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