Waynesville woman receives innovative pacemaker

Two cardiologists with MedWest Health System now offer the first pacemaker designed, tested and approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment.

Dr. David Peterson and Dr. Glenn Harris have successfully implanted the pacemaker on March 31. The procedure and follow-up is the same as the traditional procedure. Mary Lou Rinehart of Waynesville is the recipient of the first new pacemaker at MedWest Haywood.

The procedure is a one- to two-hour outpatient service with one overnight stay for observation. The new pacemaker cannot be used as a replacement for an existing one and it is not meant for someone who has other reasons to not undergo an MRI. 828.564.9222.

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