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Life-Saving External Defibrillator Implantation: Sarah Kennedy’s Experience with a New Approach to Heart Health

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Feb 11, 2024
St. Joseph’s Health Physician Achieves Groundbreaking Milestone

Sarah Kennedy, one of the first patients in the northeast to receive an external defibrillator, shared her experience with heart problems that began 15 years ago. She suffers from dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.

Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha, the director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph’s Health, achieved a groundbreaking milestone last month by successfully implanting an external defibrillator into two patients. He expressed his excitement at being at the forefront of this procedure and highlighted the ever-evolving nature of the field.

Traditionally, defibrillators have involved a wire that is inserted into the bloodstream, but this new system places the wire under the breastbone, significantly reducing potential complications. This minimally invasive approach offers patients the same life-saving capabilities as traditional systems, with the added benefit of a pacemaker that can prevent the heart from slowing down. Additionally, the device alerts medical professionals when it delivers a shock, allowing for immediate follow-up care.

Sarah Kennedy expressed her gratitude for how the new defibrillator has given her a renewed sense of security and peace of mind as she goes about her day-to-day activities. Dr. Al-Mudamgha explained that patients with weak heart muscles are at risk for cardiac arrest, necessitating the use of a defibrillator

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