First to have implanted debrillator

Implanted Defibrillator

MASON CITY, Iowa – Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa is the first in the state to offer a new type of defibrillator.

It’s called the S-ICD system.

It’s for people who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.

In this case, it’s implanted, sitting just below skin without thin wires being placed in the heart.

“Now we’re at a point where a device can be implanted within 15 to 20 minutes and the patient went home the same day. She went home a couple hours after we put the device in and she was fine,” said Brian Olshansky, an M.D. Electrophysiologist with Mercy.

Ohshansky says it’s nice to see this advancement in technology.

This device does not contain a pace maker.

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