MRI is a widely accepted diagnostic tool with unparalleled soft-tissue imaging capabilities. Most importantly, nowadays, MRI has been successfully used to evaluate myocardial structure, wall motion, perfusion and viability and it may, therefore, become a first-choice diagnostic technique for heart failure. Unfortunately, the presence of cardiac electronic devices (e.g., pacemakers and defibrillators) in patients is currently considered a contraindication for MRI, and consequently hinders access to MRI for a large portion of patients that could benefit from it. The Evia HF(-T) device (BIOTRONIK SE & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany) is the first pacemaker with the cardiac resynchronization therapy function for the treatment of ventricular dyssynchrony in heart failure patients that can be safely used in MRI (but not in cardiac magnetic resonance) under specific conditions. It completes the portfolio of magnetic resonance-conditional cardiac devices now available. The scope of this article is to describe the technical and clinical profile of this system in its up-to-date context.
|Titolo:||Evia HF (-T): the world’s first magnetic resonance approved pace-maker for resynchronization therapy|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|