July 12, 2005 07:15 ET Presents: Piedmont Hospital Electrophysiologists Stimulate Heart Attack for Diagnostic Study and Implant an Internal Cardiac Device

Live Webcast July 20th, 2005 5:00 pm ET (21:00 UTC)

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 12, 2005 -- On Wednesday, July 20, 2005, from 5 to 6 p.m., the general public can log on to and witness two live cardiology procedures simultaneously. Arrhythmias of the Heart will include live broadcasts of a diagnostic study of electrical firings of the heart and an internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implant that shocks the heart into a normal rhythm if necessary.

Electrophysiologists, electricians of the heart, Dan Dan, M.D., Joseph Poku, M.D., and Bobby Smith, M.D., will perform and narrate the procedures. Viewers can email questions to the physicians during the procedure.

"Nationwide, there are 400,000 people walking around with ICDs implanted in their chests," said Dr. Smith, who is the co-director of electrophysiology at Piedmont Hospital's Fuqua Heart Center of Atlanta. "The industry estimates that there are 1.6 million people in the U.S. who might live a longer life with an ICD implant."

"At Piedmont Hospital, we began implanting ICDs in 1994. Since then, we have implanted 1,951 ICDs," Dr. Smith said. "Many people are skeptical of these procedures, so this is a way a great way for them to see what happens during the procedure and understand the advantages and disadvantages."

Electrophysiologists know immediately that people who survive an episode of sudden cardiac arrest need an ICD. Other times it is not so certain and a diagnostic study is necessary.

Cardiac arrest is caused by an arrhythmia of the heart, which is a change from the normal rate or control of the heart's contractions. These changes can be deadly as in cases of ventricular fibrillation. Multiple clinical trials have shown the superiority of ICD therapy in improving survival in patients who are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Because the ICD is permanently implanted and patients sometimes forget their medication, this allows the implant to have a greater success rate than the typical drug therapies.

Piedmont Facts:

* 4,927 Electrophysiological studies have been performed at Piedmont Hospital, since 1989

* In 2004, Piedmont Hospital performed 740 studies and implanted 429 devices

* The implant takes about 1-2 hours to be completed and recovery time lasts about 2-4 hours

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