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Longview Regional first in the East Texas area to use the new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

June 7, 2010 - A Longview Regional Medical Center Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Raveej Singh, is the first physician in the East Texas area to use the new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) featuring advanced battery technology and circuitry that allows for the smallest device footprint in the industry and rapid charge times, without any compromise in device longevity or power.

The Fortify ICD can deliver 40J of energy, the highest of any ICD available today. This high energy capability is particularly important for patients who have an enlarged heart, low ejection-fraction, advanced heart failure or previously demonstrated a high defibrillation threshold (the amount of energy required to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm).

Rajeev Singh, M.D., an Interventional Cardiologist at Longview Regional Medical Center in Longview, TX, implanted the Fortify VR, a St. Jude Medical device featuring advanced sensing technology and anti-tachycardia pacing, which attempts to painlessly convert fast ventricular arrhythmias back to a normal rhythm, without risking a significant delay in the necessary therapy for rhythms that require it. The device is also designed to reduce inappropriate or unnecessary defibrillation therapy, while ensuring effective therapy occurs when the patient needs it.

"The smaller shape, combined with the SJ4 connector system, streamlines the implant procedure and can make the device more comfortable for my patients," said Dr. Rajeev Singh. "The device offers a number of new features while still delivering the reliability and durability for my patients," Singh added.

The Fortify ICD's narrow shape allows Dr. Singh to implant the device using a smaller incision. This leads to a more efficient procedure and a reduced scar for the patient. The SJ4 lead connector system further streamlines the procedure by reducing the number of set screws and connections between the defibrillation lead and the device, which can improve patient comfort by reducing the bulk of wires in the patient's chest.

Fortify ICD implants are an advanced implantable device that treats potentially lethal, abnormally fast heart rhythms (ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation), which often lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD). Approximately 325,000 people per year in the U.S. die suddenly of SCD.

About Longview Regional Medical Center:

Longview Regional Medical Center is committed to investing in our community and bringing the area the latest treatments and technology to our city. We are the only hospital in Longview where patients can receive daVinci robotic surgery, Stryker joint replacements, HALO procedures for reversing the damage of Barrett's esophagus, and Bariatric Surgery for weight loss. Our Vein Center is also Longview's only vein treatment center where interventional cardiologists perform all procedures and have earned the "Best Vein Care Partner in Excellence" status.

Longview Regional is excited for our community to be Longview's first Joint Commission Accredited Advanced Primary Level II Stroke Facility in Trauma Services. We are committed to treating, educating and preventing stroke for our community.  As the first Certified Stroke Center in Longview, we have identified the patient population's needs and are prepared with an infrastructure capable of supporting the activities of the participants and practitioners who care for the Stroke Patient. LRMC was commended by the Texas Department of State Health Services for our ongoing commitment to ensure quality care is available for stroke patients in the area and for our leadership role in the development of the State's stroke system. 

 One of the biggest investments we are making to improve the health of Longview is the Heart and Vascular Institute's third cath lab, which will feature one of the largest review screens available on the market. The new cath lab will also have nationwide and local conferencing capabilities, which will increase the quality of patient care and allow LRMC to continue its growth as a teaching facility. Currently Longview Regional is one of twenty training centers across the United States where doctors can learn the most advanced treatments for peripheral artery disease. This cutting-edge technology can save lives and limbs, and we are proud to have one of top three cardiologists in the nation certified to train these procedures sharing his expertise with physicians from around the region.

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