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Electromagnetic Device-Device Interaction between a New Generation Implantable Pacemaker and Left Ventricular Assist Device: Recognition and Potential Solutions

Authors

  • PREETHAM REDDY M.D.,

    1. Cardiac Arrhythmia and Syncope Center, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • DAVID G. BENDITT M.D.,

    1. Cardiac Arrhythmia and Syncope Center, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • SELCUK ADABAG M.D., M.S.

    1. Cardiac Arrhythmia and Syncope Center, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2. Division of Cardiology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Address for reprints: Selcuk Adabag, M.D., M.S., Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Section of Cardiology (111 C), One Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Fax: 612-727-5668; e-mail: adaba001@umn.edu

Abstract

An electromagnetic interaction between St. Jude Medical Inc. (St. Paul, MN, USA) permanent pacemakers and HeartMate II left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) (Thoratec Inc., Pleasanton, CA, USA) has been reported before, but the problem was thought to be resolved in the St. Jude Medical's most recently released pacemaker platform. We report a case of interference between the HeartMate II LVAD and the most recently released St. Jude Medical pacemaker (model no. PM3210; Anthem) and review new developments to overcome the electromagnetic interference problem in this setting. (PACE 2010; 1–3)

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