Physicians implant world’s first ProMRI Quadripolar CRT-D system to treat heart failure


Biotronik has announced the first implantations worldwide of its new ICD and CRT-D series (implantable cardioverter-defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillators). With Sentus quadripolar leads and the Inventra series, Biotronik offers the only devices for patients with heart failure worldwide that are approved for MRI use. The quadripolar Sentus lead eases the implantation process by giving physicians access to challenging vessels. With CE mark approval in early July, Biotronik’s new implantable defibrillator series includes the industry’s first quadripolar left-ventricular leads to be approved for MRI use.

“My ICD and heart failure patients are frequently indicated for MRI scans to diagnose potential comorbidities,” comments Antonio Curnis, Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy, who implanted a new Biotronik ProMRI Inventra HF-T and Sentus quadripolar lead in a 73-year-old patient with congestive heart failure. “With Biotronik devices, I know I can give my patients high-quality therapy and broad access to diagnostics.”

In addition to ProMRI technology, the new Biotronik ICDs and CRT-Ds reduce inappropriate shocks with MorphMatch morphology detection criteria and anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) optimisation. While delivering shocks at the right time can save patients’ lives, shocks should be minimised to appropriately control arrhythmias, improve patients’ quality of life and increase device longevity.

Werner Jung, Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic, Villingen Schwenningen, Germany, successfully implanted a 72-year-old heart failure patient with a new ProMRI CRT-D. “Biotronik has proved the exceptional quality of its products once again with the new ICDs and Sentus quadripolar leads,” comments Jung. “Many heart failure patients are very ill and shocks put stress on the body and mind. By choosing a device with unique algorithms that reduce shocks, I am able to give my patients peace of mind and restore their sense of safety.”

Biotronik has included its closed loop stimulation technology in ICDs for the first time. Closed loop stimulation helps patients experience the most natural rate adoption possible by utilising their neurological information. It is the only system that allows pacemakers, and now ICDs, to react naturally to patients’ physical as well as mental activity or stress.

First implanters of the new defibrillator series are: Antonio Curnis, Spedali Civili Hospital, Brescia, Italy; Werner Jung, Schwarzwald-Baar Clinic, Villingen Schwenningen, Germany; Tiziano Moccetti and Angelo Auricchio, Cardiac Center Ticino, Lugano, Switzerland; Anthony Stanley, Sunninghill Netcare Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa; Martin Winterhalter, SRH Clinic, Gera, Germany.