(Napa, Calif. – December 17, 2015) Queen of the Valley Medical Center
is now offering patients the first implantable cardioverter defibrillator
(ICD) system approved for use with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Sergio Manubens, MD, board-certified interventional cardiologist and director
of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Queen of the Valley, was
the first in Napa and Solano counties to implant the new device in a patient.
“This is an important advancement for patients who rely on ICDs
to detect irregular heartbeats and deliver life-saving therapy to restore
a normal rhythm,” said Dr. Manubens. “Until now, these patients
could not receive MRI scans on any part of their body.”
Dr. Manubens explained that older ICDs heat up when placed in a magnetic
field and this in turn causes the heart muscle to heat up which can result
in problems for the patient. The MRI restrictions of standard ICDs have
resulted in a critical unmet need as data have shown that, within four
years, more than one-third of patients with ICDs are likely to need an
MRI, according to Medtronic, the maker of the new device.
Jeanette Mahoney, 58, a life-long Napa resident, was the first patient
at Queen of the Valley Medical Center to receive the new device, after
suffering a heart attack at her home in Napa.
An ICD is a small implantable heart device that is placed under the skin
typically just below the collarbone on the left side of the chest. They
are designed to continuously monitor heart rate and deliver an electrical
signal to correct a life-threatening heart rate, if detected. MRI is an
imaging test used regularly for a wide range of diagnoses including conditions
such as stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and muscle, bone and
back pain, all which are prevalent among older adults.
On September 14, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved
the Evera MRI™ SureScan® ICD System from Medtronic for MRI scans
on any part of the body. The system includes design enhancements from
previous generation devices that allow it to safely undergo full-body
MRIs, while maintaining the same longevity, proven shock reduction and
physical size and shape of the original Evera ICD. The device is paired
with the Sprint Quattro® Secure MRI SureScan® DF4 leads, backed
by more than 10 years of proven performance with active monitoring, now
tested for safe use during an MRI.
Queen of the Valley, a recognized leader in heart care and home to the
area’s only Level III Trauma Center, is currently acquiring a new,
multifunctional cardiac catheterization lab and a nuclear medicine imaging
platform that will further increase the hospital’s ability to conduct
minimally invasive procedures and treat a wide range of clinical problems
including coronary artery disease — a leading cause of heart disorders
in the U.S. For more information, visit queensfoundation.org.
“Queen of the Valley Medical Center is committed to providing state-of-the-art
technology and advanced care for all Napa residents,” said Walt
Mickens, President & CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. “We
are very proud of Dr. Manubens and all our excellent medical staff who
make it possible to treat patients with heart-related disease –
or any need - close to home.”
About Sergio Manubens, MD
Dr. Manubens is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology
and internal medicine. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve
and completed his internship at the University of California, San Francisco
Medical Center. He is a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist, Director
of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at Queen of the Valley Medical
Center and is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society. Dr. Manubens is affiliated
with Queen of the Valley Medical Associates and has practiced in Napa
for more than 25 years.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded
by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health
care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services
provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center,
a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College
of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant
care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service
emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information
about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org.