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Longview Regional Medical Center Physician First in East Texas Region to Implant New Wireless Pacemaker

A Longview Regional Medical Center physician is the first in the Longview, as well as the East Texas Region, to implant a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patients' device or condition. The latest technology was developed by St. Jude Medical to improve patient care and make device follow-up more efficient and convenient for both patients and physicians.

Dr. Samir Germanwala, D.O. implanted the AccentTM RF pacemaker to monitor the patient's heart and provide electronic stimulation when the heart beats too slowly. Dr. Germanwala is a Cardiologist with Cardiac and Vascular Consultants in Longview.  The Accent RF pacemaker enables him (Dr.Germanwala) to monitor his patients' devices from the patients' home. On scheduled check-up dates, data from the pacemaker is wirelessly sent to the physician - in a hands free manner, with no patient interaction required, typically while the patient sleeps - and becomes available to the physician for viewing via the Merlin.net® Patient Care Network.

In addition to regular device follow-up appointments, the wireless communication also enables the device to automatically alert physicians to important changes with the device or the patient's heart rhythm, in between scheduled device checks.

 "Managing disease progression is particularly important for patients with heart failure.  The daily alerts allow me to know about important changes in my patient's condition or device functions so I can act more quickly in addressing any issues," said Dr. Germanwala.   


The Merlin.net PCN also allows physicians to compile a more complete patient record, by easily transferring cardiac device data into electronic health records. This allows the physician to view all patient information side-by-side in a secure, easy to access location.  Cardiac pacemakers are used to treat bradycardia, which is a heart rate that is too slow. These devices monitor the heart and provide electrical stimulation when the heart beats too slowly for each patient's specific physiological requirements.

About Longview Regional Medical Center: 

Longview Regional Medical Center opened its doors in 1980 as a general, 100 bed medical-surgical facility. It has since doubled in size and is now a full-service medical center including cardio-vascular surgery, cardiac cath labs, robotic surgery and an ambulatory surgery center. An expansive medical office complex is within walking distance. By 2008, Longview Regional was recognized as Longview Partnership's, "Large Business of the Year", due to its strong advocacy in the community. Recently, the Longview Regional was recognized as one of 27 hospitals in Texas to receive the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award of Excellence. Though the hospital has been recognized before for quality service and performance, this is the second year it's received the top honor.  In pursuing cutting-edge technology to better facilitate patient care and improved recovery prognosis, (not to mention, less actual cutting) LRMC introduced the new Phillips Allura XPER, the first angiographic X-ray lab to East Texas. This state-of-the-art technology provides catheter-based, minimally-invasive procedures for the treatment of a wide range of clinical problems, including stroke, carotid artery disease and other vascular disorders. This improves the clinical and intervention of cardiology care offered at Longview Regional. Adding to a stunning repertoire of services, LRMC is also the first to offer the Stryker Navigation System for total knee and hip replacements, which facilitate accurate implant alignment and ligament balancing, all key to a successful return to patient activity. The da Vinci Robotic Surgical technology vastly improves the success of surgeons instigating urological, gynecological, fibroid and/or general surgical procedures. Longview Regional Medical Center stretches beyond providing the newest procedural enhancements yet still embraces the connection of human touch.

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