AUSTIN, Texas—In September, Heart Hospital of Austin became the first site in Austin to implant the new Accent MRI® Pacemaker and Tendril MRI® Lead system as part of a clinical trial. The study will ultimately determine if patients implanted with these devices can safely and effectively undergo full-body, high-resolution Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans to better accommodate their medical needs.
“Heart Hospital of Austin is committed to improving patients’ lives while helping advance medical research,” David Tschopp, M.D., electrophysiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin and with Austin Heart, said. “Our participation in this clinical trial allows us to investigate this advanced pacing platform, while at the same time assist patients who could benefit from an MRI scan of any part of their anatomy for the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.”
The investigational Accent MRI Pacemaker system offers an advanced pacing platform that provides wireless telemetry and algorithms to help address individual patient conditions.
MRI scans provide images to help evaluate the presence of certain diseases or medical conditions that may not be adequately assessed using other imaging methods, such as x-ray or ultrasound. Because traditional pacing systems may be affected during an MRI scan, patients are currently discouraged from receiving the scans.
Approximately 1 million people are implanted with pacemakers worldwide, and approximately 300,000 of those patients could benefit from MRI scans of the major organs and bones in the thoracic region of the body during the lifetime of their devices.
Cardiac pacemakers are used to treat bradycardia, which is a heart rate that is too slow. A pacemaker monitors the heart and provides electrical stimulation when the heart beats too slowly for a patient’s specific physiological requirements.
Heart Hospital of Austin is one of more than 80 centers globally implanting qualified patients with an Accent MRI Pacemaker and Tendril MRI Lead system as part of the clinical study sponsored by St. Jude Medical, a global medical device company. St. Jude Medical received conditional investigational device exemption approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin enrollment in its clinical trial in March 2012.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Austin Heart is the largest provider of cardiac and vascular services in Central Texas, with 12 full-time office locations, 13 outreach clinics and 46 cardiologists. Austin Heart has been serving the Central Texas area since 1973. Austin Heart’s cardiologists sub-specialize in every diagnostic and treatment area of cardiovascular disease, America’s No. 1 killer—interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, congestive heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, vein disease, sleep disorders, erectile dysfunction, imaging, women’s cardiovascular health and a nationally recognized research department. To learn more about Austin Heart physicians, or to schedule an appointment, visit AustinHeart.com.