North Shore-LIJ Hospitals Using MRI-Friendly Device to Treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest


GREAT NECK, NY – Heart doctors at North Shore-LIJ Health System hospitals on Long Island and New York City are now offering patients a new, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) system designed to treat sudden cardiac arrest that also can be safely used during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. 

Approximately 650,000 Americans rely on ICD’s to detect irregular heartbeats and deliver lifesaving electric shocks or painless pacing to stop life-threatening or fast, irregular heartbeats.  Until recently, patients have not been able to receive MRI scans because of potential interactions between the MRI and the device function, which might result in complications or risk to patients.

“North Shore-LIJ strives to be on the forefront of new advances in cardiac care and now patients have access to the MRI-compatible ICD technology at every hospital we offer electrophysiology services,” said Stanley Katz, MD, executive director and senior vice president of cardiovascular services at North Shore-LIJ.  “Patients with the new device will now benefit from the sophisticated diagnostic imaging their doctors need to monitor and treat a range of diseases and medical conditions.”

Research shows that more than one-third of patients who have an ICD implanted will likely need an MRI within four years, he said.

Patients with ICDs are often older adults with other serious medical conditions that require an MRI for diagnosis.  MRI is an imaging test used regularly for a wide range of diagnoses including conditions such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and muscle, bone, knee and back pain, all which are prevalent among older adults.  “Patients in their 30s, 40s and 50s may also require an ICD to treat cardiac arrest, so the MRI-friendly device is important for younger patients for long-term care,” Dr. Katz added.

The Evera MRI SureScan ICD System from Medtronic has been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to allow for MRI scans on any part of the body.

The following hospitals are offering the MRI-compatible ICD through electrophysiology departments at:  LIJ Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Southside Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital.

For more information, contact North Shore- LIJ Cardiology Services at 855-432-7811.

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