First canadian medical Centre McGill university health

News 17 July, 2017
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    The McGill university health Centre (MUHC) recently conducted a first in Canada, by implanting a pacemaker and a cardiac defibrillator to a patient.

    The operation took place last June 29 in the Montreal general Hospital.

    The patient, Maurice Desalliers, was in the arrhythmia for many years.

    “I was in an arrhythmia, and then my heart was beating slowly. I sometimes felt that there were beats missing,” he told in an interview with TVA News.

    “He had a problem of heart failure. The muscle of the heart was smaller than normal. In addition to this, the electricity in the heart was slow to get on the left side,” said the director of cardiac electrophysiology at the MUHC, dr. Vidal Essebag.

    Her doctor has therefore recently implemented at the level of the chest to both a pacemaker and defibrillator therapy, with a third cable that allows you to send electrical pulses to the two ventricles of the heart.

    “By implanting a third wire to go to stimulate to the left side, it can synchronize the beating of the heart,” said Dr. Essebag.

    This first is going to allow Mr. Desalliers to pass a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that he would not have been able to do if he had only received a defibrillator.

    The new device which has just been approved by Health Canada, therefore, will the MRI, to the great satisfaction of the cardiologists, which is often used to get more accurate data on the areas of your heart.

    Filters and protection internal circuits have been implemented in this new defibrillator and pacemaker.

    “It’s going to help us in our work to be able to make the diagnosis of certain diseases,” said Dr. Essabag.