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Poland's first procedure to implant an extravascular defibrillator-cardioverter defibrillator

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published Nov. 15, 2023 10:56

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A team of electrophysiologists from the Center for Heart Rhythm Disorders at the National Institute of Cardiology (NIKard) performed the first implantation of an extravascular cardioverter defibrillator (EV-ICD) in Poland on Tuesday (14.11.). The device was implanted in a 43-year-old patient with life-threatening arrhythmias resulting from a congenital heart disease.

A cardioverter-defibrillator is a small electronic device designed to recognize life-threatening arrhythmias and perform appropriate intervention to terminate them. It consists of intracardiac electrodes and a battery-powered electronic module connected to them.

- In the traditional transvenous form of the device, electrodes are inserted into the heart cavities through the venous system under X-ray guidance. In the extravascular system, the device's electrode is placed under the sternum, closer to the heart - without interfering with the cardiovascular system.As a result, in addition to interrupting a potential arrhythmia with defibrillation, it is also possible to use so-called anti...

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