For the first time in the eastern region of India, doctors at Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institute implanted the ellipse implantable carvioverter defibrillator (ICD) which is touted as the smallest high energy ICD which is MRI compatible to a patient.
The Ellipse ICD's innovative design adds safety features that help to minimize such complications when the implanted device is exposed to MRI scanning," said Dr Suvro Banerjee, senior consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institutes, Kolkata. Banerjee used the implant on a patient from Assam at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Kolkata in July. The patient came with an abnormally high heart rate that may lead to sudden cardiac death.
ICD device is implanted in the chest to treat fast heart rhythms which can often lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD). In US nearly 1,000 people every day and more than 350,000 every year die from SCD. The enhanced comfort of the Ellipse ICD is because of its angled header and rounded edges resulting in a smaller incision and reduced pocket size for the device. The features are designed for improving physician ease-of-use.