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Implantable device introduced at George Eliot Hospital will help save lives

Abdul Maher

Local people will be able to be fitted with a potentially life-saving cardiac device closer to home, thanks to a new service at George Eliot Hospital.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) recognise life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances in people who are at risk of cardiac arrest and provide electric pulses or shocks to get the heart rhythm back to normal thereby potentially saving someone’s life. Some of these devices are also designed to improve the function of the heart to improve breathing and quality of life.

In-patients are already benefiting from this fantastic little device at the George Eliot Hospital, but outpatients previously had to visit other hospitals in the region if they required the benefit of an ICD.

Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Abdul Maher said: “A Cardioverter Defibrillator acts like a little guardian angel and helps protect local patients from potentially life threatening conditions.

“The device fits just under the skin with wires leading to your heart. It is a little bigger than a matchbox and only needs its battery changed every few years following advice from your specialist.”

George Eliot Hospital’s Cardiology team provides a comprehensive cardiac service to local people. They manage in-patient care on a 12-bed Coronary Care Unit and also a 16 Bed Cardiology medical ward. The team includes specialist consultants and specialist nurses who look after heart attack patients, provide cardiac rehabilitation and look after patients with arrhythmia conditions. The team also runs a range of consultant-led clinics. The team also provides pacemaker implantation as well as offering the new ICD.

The cardiology department also run a Cardio Respiratory Department with state of the art echocardiogram machines and other specialist services. 

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