Pennsylvania Heart Rhythm Center Studies Pacemaker Implantation in the Extreme Elderly

The Heart Rhythm Center of Lebanon Cardiology Associates and The Good Samaritan Hospital are proud to present their outcomes of pacemaker implantation in the extreme elderly at the American Heart Association Annual Sessions.

LEBANON, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Heart Rhythm Center of Lebanon Cardiology Associates and The Good Samaritan Hospital presented their study of pacemaker implantations in the extreme elderly at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease Annual Sessions in Washington, DC on May 14, 2011.

Drs. Robert Stevenson, MD and Jeffrey L. Williams, MD, MS, FACC, FHRS are authors of the study titled “Patient Demographics, Complications, and Hospital Utilization of Pacemaker Implantation in the Extreme Elderly.” This is a review of extreme elderly patients (age≥80) undergoing pacemaker implantations in the first 2 years of a community hospital Electrophysiology program. The extreme elderly are the most rapidly growing segment of the U.S. and pacemakers are commonly implanted in this population. However, there are few reports of pacemaker implant complications and outcomes in the extreme elderly and there is a persistent exclusion of elderly patients from ongoing clinical trials. “Dr. Stevenson’s presentation of our Heart Rhythm Center's data has added to the body of knowledge about the risks of device implantation in this population and enables a more informed consent process for extremely elderly patients considering pacemaker implantation,” states Dr. Williams.

Their data revealed no intraprocedural complications. In-hospital major complications occurred in 1 of 149 patients (0.7%) and minor complications occurred in 1 of 149 patients (0.7%). Their outcomes data suggest that pacemaker implantations in the extreme elderly carry similar implant procedural risks as younger populations. Increased age, female sex, and decreased weight demonstrated a non-significant trend toward increased rates of complication.

Dr. Stevenson is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology; he is Co-Director of Electrophysiology at Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Jeffrey L. Williams, MD, MS, FACC, FHRS is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and was recently selected as Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society; he is Director of Electrophysiology at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Lebanon Cardiology Associates’ partnership with Good Samaritan (www.gshleb.org) has resulted in national and regional recognition. Good Samaritan received the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association from 2008 through 2010. Good Samaritan is one of only 400 U.S. hospitals recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. Lebanon Cardiology Associates (www.lebanoncardiology.com) is a comprehensive team of 11 board-certified cardiologists (including Interventional and Electrophysiology specialists) located only 14 miles from Hershey, centrally located between Lancaster and Reading. The Heart Rhythm Center of Lebanon Cardiology Associates is pleased to accept new patients.

Lebanon Cardiology Associates, PC, has been providing care for patients in Lebanon County since 1988. Offering our patients innovative and state of the art treatment including cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, peripheral vascular disease, and heart failure.

The Heart Rhythm Center at LCA offers advanced cardiac heart rhythm evaluation, intracardiac arrhythmia ablation (including atrial fibrillation) and implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators. The Invasive Electrophysiology Laboratory at Good Samaritan Hospital offers the most advanced 3D intracardiac mapping system and intracardiac echocardiography available and is the only center in Central PA to offer jet ventilation for advanced ablation to ensure the safest possible procedures.



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