Published on August 15, 2014

Genesis First in Area to Implant New Device for Cardiac Patients

Zanesville, OH (Aug. 15, 2014) Genesis is the first in the area to implant a subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD)® to treat patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). 

Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart abruptly stops pumping blood because of abnormal rhythm. The abnormal rhythm causes the heart to quiver or twitch, but not beat. While typical defibrillators require wires, or leads, going into the heart, the new S-ICD provides a way to protect patients from SCA without touching the heart. 

“We’re pleased to be able to offer this life-saving technology to the people of southeastern Ohio,” said Magdy Migeed, electrophysiologist. “The S-ICD option enables heart patients to have the latest technology closer to home surrounded by family and friends without traveling to an urban area,” Dr. Migeed said.

 The new type of defibrillator has a box, about the size of a deck of cards, that’s implanted below the armpit. A single wire is implanted under the skin and travels to the side of the breastbone. If the patient experiences SCA, a shock is delivered that is powerful enough to restart the heart.

For more information about the heart care available at Genesis, go to "Heart Care" on our website.

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Zanesville, Ohio. The system includes a not-for-profit hospital that operates at two Zanesville sites – Genesis-Bethesda and Genesis-Good Samaritan, an extensive network of more than 300 physicians and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.  

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