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New pacemaker provides physicians with advanced technology to better manage patients with heart failure
(Hartford, Conn. May 19, 2014)– Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is the first facility
in Connecticut to implant a pacemaker that has four pacing electrodes and 14
different program options to provide patients with weakened heart muscles improved
ability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands.
The Allure Quadra™ RF Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy
Pacemaker (CRT-P), manufactured by St. Jude Medical S.C., Inc., was recently
introduced in March, 2014.
The state’s first implant was performed by Joseph Dell’Orfano. M.D.,
an electrophysiologist, for a 70-year-old man, during a two-hour procedure at
“This leading-edge device provides our physicians with greater
ability to control synchronization for heart failure patients,” said Daniel
Diver, M.D., Director Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute at Saint Francis.
“For our patients this can mean less discomfort and fewer complications. We are
pleased to be the first in Connecticut to offer this innovative option for our
Approximately one in 10 patients who receive a traditional bipolar CRT system
has complications that can require additional surgery in order to continue to provide
effective therapy. The Allure Quadra RF CRT-P pacemaker provides physicians with
a pre-emptive option to treat patients with this condition.
Traditional bipolar CRT pacemakers have two pacing electrodes,
only allowing limited pacing options. The quadripolar lead features four pacing
electrodes, offering up to 14 pacing configurations of the heart. Multiple
pacing configurations provide physicians with more ways to pace around scar
tissue in the heart and avoid common pacing complications without the need to
surgically reposition the lead.
Heart failure (HF) occurs when a weakened heart muscle is unable
to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands, usually due to the heart’s
inability to contract or relax properly. More than five million Americans
have HF, with 670,000 new cases diagnosed each year. CRT-P devices are implanted in patients with HF to help
synchronize the heart to a healthy pumping rhythm.
Francis is among the top-rated hospitals in the country for cardiac care and
the addition of this new device is another important treatment option that we
can offer our patients,” said Dr. Dell’Orfano. “We continue to be at the
forefront in providing the best care for our patients.”
Allure Quadra RF CRT-P received CE Mark approval in March 2013. The Allure Quadra RF CRT-P was approved by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2014.
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About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare
delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an
anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New
England. Other major entities of Saint
Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent
organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and
Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a
network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office
centers sited throughout the region. For
more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.