Revolutionary Defibrillator Procedure: St. Joseph’s Health Director Leads Groundbreaking Innovation in Electrophysiology


Doctor at St. Joseph’s Health achieves groundbreaking milestone

Dr. Ali Al-Mudamgha, the director of electrophysiology at St. Joseph’s Health, has made history by implanting an external defibrillator into two patients. He is thrilled to be at the forefront of a new medical procedure and emphasized the importance of adopting new technology in the field of electrophysiology.

One of Dr. Al-Mudamgha’s patients, Sarah Kennedy, shared her experience with the groundbreaking innovation. Kennedy has been living with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that weakens the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively. She explained how her heart issues began after the birth of her third child 15 years ago and have not fully recovered from the pregnancy.

Dr. Al-Mudamgha discussed traditional methods of using defibrillators, which involve inserting a wire into the bloodstream and leading it to the heart. However, this wire can lead to complications such as breakage or infection. The new procedure involves placing the wire under the breastbone instead, minimizing these risks.

The innovative defibrillator features a built-in pacemaker that regulates the heart’s rhythm and delivers shocks when necessary to maintain or restore a normal heartbeat. Dr. Al-Mudamgha also highlighted that it provides alerts to medical professionals when it is activated, allowing for immediate response to the patient’s condition.

Since receiving the minimally invasive procedure, Sarah Kennedy feels more secure and at peace knowing she has a backup plan in case of a medical emergency

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