Paterson resident James Dolan is one of the first patients in New Jersey,
and the first at St. Mary's Hospital, to receive the S-ICD System
implant, the world's only commercially available subcutaneous implantable
defibrillator for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. The procedure
was successfully completed by Cardiac Electrophysiologist Dr. Atul Prakash
in the St. Mary's Catheterization Lab.
The S-ICD System is designed to provide the same protection from sudden
cardiac arrest as traditional transvenous implantable cardioverter defibrillators
(ICDs). However, the S-ICD System sits just below the skin without the
need for thin insulated wires to be inserted into the heart itself. This
leaves the heart and blood vessels untouched, providing a less invasive
solution for both physicians and patients.
Mr. Dolan, who was also born at the current St. Mary's Hospital site
at 350 Boulevard, was referred to Dr. Prakash by SMH Cardiologist Dr.
Michael Schwartz only weeks before the S-ICD implant. Since the procedure,
the 45 year old has reported significant improvements including the elimination
of chest pain and shortness of breath. "I'm very grateful to
Dr. Prakash," said the proud father of five, adding, "It's
the little things I'm also grateful for like now being able to pick
up my one year old son again that keeps me going." St. Mary's
was part of an early scientific launch of the S-ICD System which is a
product of Boston Scientific.