(Salem/Woodburn/Silverton, OR), March 7, 2014- Ashit G. Patel, M.D., FACC, FHRS of Cascade Cardiology and the Salem Health’s Heart and Vascular Institute successfully implanted Salem Health’s first subcutaneous implantable defibrillator (S-ICD).
The S-ICD System is the world’s first and only implantable defibrillator that is applied under the skin (subcutaneous). The device provides protection from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), while leaving the heart and vasculature untouched. The S-ICD monitors cardiac rhythms and delivers defibrillation when certain irregularities in the heart rhythms are detected. The S-ICD is programmable, which allows the doctor to tailor the therapy for the patient. The S-ICD System uses an electrode under the skin to analyze the heart rhythm, rather than individual beats.
Says Patel, “The S-ICD System provides us a new way to protect patients from sudden cardiac arrest, without touching the heart.”
Dr. Patel is board certified in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Diseases, as well as by the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and Fell of Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS). Additionally, he is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association and American Society of Echocardiography.
Dr. Patel is a physician at Cascade Cardiology and on the medical staff at Salem Hospital and Silverton Hospital, and affiliated with St. Vincent’s Hospital in Portland. He is also an assistant professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University.