AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 30, 2011, a physician at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the Unify Quadra™ cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and Quartet® Left Ventricular Quadripolar Pacing Lead. The new pacing technology, developed by St. Jude Medical, offers additional pacing options that can reduce the need for reoperation to reposition a lead. This new technology offers physicians the ability to more efficiently and effectively manage the individualized needs of patients with heart failure.
David R. Tschopp, M.D., director of electrophysiology at Heart Hospital of Austin, implanted the Unify Quadra quadripolar pacing system to regulate and resynchronize the heartbeat of a heart failure patient. The patient was diagnosed with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition resulting in decreased blood supply due to the heart's main pumping chamber—the left ventricle—being enlarged, dilated and weak. Unify Quadra was determined to be the best fit because of the patient's condition and the device's ability to optimize the delivery of therapy. The procedure was performed at Heart Hospital of Austin.
"This technology is the industry's first quadripolar pacing system, and the Heart Hospital of Austin is proud to be among the first hospitals in the country to implant this state-of-the-art device," Dr. Tschopp said. "We are committed to providing our patients with smart technology that will help improve their quality of life. We recognize the advancements found in St. Jude Medical's latest CRT device and are excited to have the Unify Quadra as an option for our patients."
CRT-Ds, such as the Unify Quadra CRT-D, are designed to optimize the heart's pumping function and help the heart perform in its most natural state by synchronizing the left and right ventricles of the heart through timed electrical pulses.