VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Valley Presbyterian Hospital (VPH) was the site for the first implantation in the U.S. of a new heart device since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the DF4 High-Voltage Connector System by Medtronic earlier this month, Gus Valdespino, VPH President and CEO announced today.

Dr. James Ong, a cardiologist, performed the procedure to implant the DF4 High-Voltage Connector System in a 75-year-old man on Jan. 23. The procedure was a success, and the patient has since been released from the hospital.

The DF4 High-Voltage Connector System by Medtronic is a new streamlined lead for implantable defibrillators, which are designed to provide painless pacing or life-saving shock therapy to stop fast or irregular heartbeats, also known as ventricular arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death.

The DF4 Connector System helps simplify implantation procedures via a redesigned device port and lead connector which takes less space in the patients chest and gives physicians visual confirmation of the lead connection to the device.

"Valley Presbyterian Hospital continues to lead the way in providing the most up-to-date care for its cardiac patients," said Mr. Valdespino. "To respond to our communitys needs, we are committed to building the San Fernando Valleys most advanced cardiology program with cardiologists, nurses and technicians who lead the region in expertise. Equipped with the latest technology and tools, our outstanding cardiology team has the ability to diagnose, intervene and treat heart problems, make faster and better-informed decisions and perform life-saving procedures."

Sudden cardiac death kills more people each year than lung cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. Medtronic estimates that more than 70,000 lives have been saved worldwide by implantable defibrillators during the last five years.

About Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Founded in 1958, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, a non-profit and nonsectarian hospital, has remained focused on meeting the medical needs of the community for over 50 years. While VPH has grown to become one of the largest acute care hospitals in the San Fernando Valley, it continues to provide patient-centered care for a healthier community. The 350-bed facility offers leading-edge technology and a full range of medical services. With 500 physicians representing virtually every specialty and most sub-specialties, VPH provides the latest state-of-the-art treatments to improve and save lives. For more information, visit

Posted by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT