Congestive Heart Failure Patient of Mercy Health - The Heart Institute Receives MRI-Compatible Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator on the Very First Day it’s Available

(CINCINNATI; March 10, 2016) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that a patient of Mercy Health – The Heart Institute, Anderson received a newly FDA-approved, MRI-compatible cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) on the very first day it became available for use.
This CRT-D is a small implantable heart device that is placed under the skin just below the collarbone on the left or right side of the chest. It provides cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), which ensures that the left and right chambers of the heart beat in unison to alleviate symptoms of severe to moderate congestive heart failure, and is also MRI-compatible.
Mercy Health Physician and electrophysiologist R.P. Singh was the first physician in the Cincinnati area to implant the device, which is the first and only MRI-compatible CRT-D available. He did this at Mercy Health – Anderson Hospital, successfully treating a 61-year-old patient suffering from congestive heart failure.
“The timing could not have been better,” said Singh. “We received the device at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 and by 9:30 a.m., I had implanted it in the patient who noticed immediate benefits, recovered well and went home the following day.”
An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging scan, 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.

Many patients rely on a CRT-D to restore a normal heartbeat, relieve congestive heart failure symptoms and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. However, until now, patients with the devices have faced MRI restrictions because potential interactions between the MRI and the device function presented a risk to patients. These MRI restrictions have resulted in a critical unmet need as data have shown that, within four years, as many as 40 percent of patients with a CRT-D are likely to need an MRI.

“Patients with a CRT-D may have or develop other serious medical conditions that require an MRI for diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Singh. “Thanks to this new device, cardiac patients who have the device can access MRI imaging, which is an important diagnostic tool in the treatment of many medical conditions.”

Cincinnati’s first MRI-compatible CRT-D implant at Anderson Hospital follows the implant of Cincinnati’s first MRI-compatible implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICD, at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital late last year.

“Our ability to stay current with new technologies and techniques furthers the quality of care our talented team of specialists provides,” said John Enright, Executive Director of Mercy Health - The Heart Institute.  

Dr. Singh implanted the Amplia MRI CRT-d from Medtronic, which has been FDA-approved to allow for MRI scans on any part of the body.

Dr. Singh practices from:
• Mercy Health - The Heart Institute, Anderson, 7502 State Road Suite 2210, Cincinnati 45255, 513-624-2070
• Mercy Health - The Heart Institute, Clermont, 2055 Hospital Drive, Suite 340, Batavia 45103, 513-735-7872

Mercy Health – The Heart Institute has locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. For more information, please visit e-mercy.com/cardiology.aspx.