Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - DMC Sinai-Grace Cardiologist First in Michigan to Surgically Implant New Life-Saving Device
DMC Sinai-Grace has become the first healthcare facility in Michigan to successfully resynchronize a patient’s heartbeat using a breakthrough pacemaking device. The new Unify Quadra™ cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), just recently approved by the FDA, is the smallest pacemaking device and the only quadripolar pacing system available. The Quadra use a pacing lead with four electrodes (instead of the usual two), which enables more pacing configurations and reduces common problems associated with implantable CRT systems. Ultimately this results in fewer surgeries for patients. 

The 30-minute procedure – conducted Thursday by DMC Sinai-Grace’s Chief of Cardiology Mukarram Siddiqui, M.D., was successful in synchronizing the patients heart chambers and replaces a pacemaker system installed 4 years ago. 

“Today a patient with a long history of heart problems is benefiting from a new device that will help his heart beat more efficiently, while reducing his need for revisions and chance of complications,” said Dr. Siddiqui. “We’re very pleased to be the first hospital in Michigan that is now making this remarkable technology available to patients facing heart failure.” 

The new device’s narrower shape allows physicians to implant the system using a smaller incision with shorter surgery time. The multiple electrode pacing lead will allow the physician to optimize the system at the time of the implant and throughout the life of the patient. For patients, the new technology ultimately results in better outcomes, and fewer follow-up surgeries and complications as compared with pacing devices with only two electrodes. 

“I’m excited that we can offer patients with heart failure this new option to help better manage their ever-changing needs,” said Dr. Siddiqui. “As a physician, I’m always looking for the best outcomes for my patients. I believe this new system will offer some relief for this patient and for others like him who have long battled with heart failure. This is an enhanced pacing modality that allows pacing in areas of the heart that otherwise might not be easily captured” 

The Unify Quadra device is manufactured by St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company.

To learn more about this new device, check out this video interview with Dr. Siddiqui here.