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Sarah Kennedy: The First Patient to Receive External Defibrillator Implant in Northeast Offers Hope for Those with Weak Heart Muscles


Feb 11, 2024
St. Joseph’s Health Physician Achieves Groundbreaking Milestone

Sarah Kennedy, a resident of the northeast, is one of the first patients to receive an external defibrillator implant. She has been suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy for 15 years, a condition that affects the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.

Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha, the director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph’s Health, was responsible for successfully implanting the device into two patients last month. He expressed his excitement about being at the forefront of this procedure and highlighted how rapidly the field is evolving.

The new system involves placing a wire under the breastbone instead of inserting it into the bloodstream as in traditional defibrillators. This minimally invasive approach offers patients life-saving capabilities with fewer potential complications.

Patients with weak heart muscles are at risk for cardiac arrest, which necessitates using a defibrillator. This new innovation offers an added benefit of a pacemaker that prevents the heart from slowing down and an alert system that notifies medical professionals when it delivers a shock, allowing for immediate follow-up care.

Sarah Kennedy expressed her gratitude for how this new defibrillator has given her peace of mind as she goes about her day-to-day activities.

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