Mercy Health - The Heart Institute First in Cincinnati to

(CINCINNATI; November 2, 2015) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Mercy Health – The Heart Institute is now offering patients the first implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system approved for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Mercy Health Physician and electrophysiologist Reza Mehzad, MD was the first physician in the Cincinnati area to implant the device. He did this at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, successfully treating a 44-year patient suffering severe heart failure.
Many patients rely on ICDs to detect irregular heartbeats and deliver life-saving therapy to restore a normal heartbeat. However, until now, patients with ICDs have not been able to receive MRI scans because of potential interactions between the MRI and the device function, which might result in risk to patients. These MRI restrictions have resulted in a critical unmet need as data have shown that, within four years, more than one-third of patients with ICDs are likely to need an MRI.

“Patients with ICDs often have other serious medical conditions that require an MRI for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Mehzad. “This game-changing technology enables cardiac patients who have an implanted ICD to access MRI imaging, which is crucial in treatment of many medical conditions.”

An ICD is a small implantable heart device that is placed under the skin typically just below the collarbone on the left side of the chest. For patients at risk for a life threatening cardiac arrhythmia or sudden cardiac arrest -- a sudden, abrupt loss of heart function that can result in death if not treated within minutes -- ICDs continuously monitor heart rate and deliver an electrical signal to correct a life-threatening heart rate. 

MRI is an imaging test used regularly for a wide range of diagnoses including conditions such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and muscle, bone and back pain, all which are prevalent among older adults.

“We pleased to be able to offer this advanced heart care technology to our patients,” said John Enright, Executive Director of Mercy Health - The Heart Institute. “It’s part of Mercy Health’s ongoing commitment to continually improve the care we provide our patients.” 

Dr. Mezhad implanted the Evera MRI™ SureScan® ICD System from Medtronic, which has been FDA-approved to allow for MRI scans on any part of the body. The system includes design enhancements from previous generation devices that allow it to safely undergo full-body MRIs, while maintaining the same longevity, shock reduction and physical size and shape of the original Evera ICD. The device is paired with leads that test safe during an MRI.

Dr. Mezhad practices from:
• Mercy Health - The Heart Institute, Fairfield, 3000 Mack Road, Suite 100, ZIP 45014, 513-751-4222
• Mercy Health - The Heart Institute, West, 3301 Mercy Health Blvd., Suite 125, ZIP 45211, 513-215-9200

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