Penn Heart and Vascular

Implantable Devices at the Cardiac Arrhythmia Program

Quality & Outcomes: Implantable Devices

Next Generation Implantable Devices Treat Ventricular Tachycardia

Penn electrophysiologists have been at the forefront of every new development in the field of implantable devices for three decades.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) was the first in the region to use implantable devices for patients at risk for recurrent sustained VT or fibrillation and to improve cardiac function in patients with heart failure.

In August 2010, the HUP EP team implanted the region's first subcutaneous ICD (S-ICD). The new S-ICD is implanted just under the skin on the chest and eliminates the need for leads in the vascular system. Penn is also working to develop new electrical mapping and recording systems for more rapid arrhythmia diagnosis.

Device Implants at Penn Medicine CY 2007 - CY 2010, N = 7180

Device Implants at Penn Medicine, CY 2007 - CY 2010, N = 7180
Pacemakers ICDs
2006 602 710
2007 668 718
2008 779 771
2009 720 688
2010 712 812
  • ICDs
  • Pacemakers

* Penn Medicine includes Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital

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