Dr. Hanna Konarzewska, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, implants first S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator)

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Lewiston, Idaho -- October 31, 2016

Dr. Hanna Konarzewska, Cardiac Electrophysiologist, implants first S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardiac defibrillator).  

An ICD device monitors a patient's heart 24/7, sending an electrical shock to the heart if it detects a life-threatening heart rhythm in order to restore the heart to its normal rhythm, preventing sudden cardiac arrest.  This device is different from a regular implantable cardiac defibrillator.  The ICD lead, which senses the electrical activity in the heart,  is tunneled under the skin to rest next to the heart on the breast bone, and a small pocket on your side houses the device.  There is no need to access the vessels of the heart to place the leads as with a regularly implanted defibrillator -- leaving the heart and the blood vessels untouched and intact.  

For patients, this means less lead related complications such as lead fracture, lead migration, or arrhythmia, as well as, less opportunity for infection in high-risk patients as the heart remains untouched.  A physician would help determine which device is right for each patient.  For more information, visit http://www.bostonscientific.com/en-US/products/defibrillators/emblem-s-icd-system.html

Dr. Hanna Konarzewska is a Board Certified Cardiac Electrophysiologist specializing in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and palpitations.  Dr. Konarzewska implants and manages devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers, and loop recorders to aid in diagnosis and management of these arrhythmias.  

St. Joseph proudly recognizes Dr. Konarzewska and her team at the St. Joseph Heart and Vascular Center, providing award-winning healthcare, right here in our region.

For more information about this press release, please contact Christina Metcalf, Director of Marketing, Community and Volunteer Services at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

About St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center is the largest full-service medical center providing advanced-level specialty healthcare in the region. Our commitment to providing exceptional care for our community means having highly skilled and certified physicians exceptional hospital team members, and a quality facility with the latest in medical technology. St. Joseph offers more than 120 board-certified physicians and providers, active in primary care and specialty practice. Our medical group collective of 56 providers represents 19 specialties, from primary and family practice, to breast imaging, oncology, and cardiology. At St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, we are committed to personal care and strive to enhance the quality of life of the community we serve through the promotion of health, by assuring compassion, sharing knowledge, providing technology, and communicating a love for what we do. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center -- together in health.

CONTACT:  Christina Metcalf, 208.750.7353