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New wireless pacemaker implanted

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital, along with Hattiesburg Clinic cardiologist Eric Enger, M.D., are the first in the Pine Belt to implant a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patients’ device or condition. The latest technology was developed by St. Jude Medical to improve patient care and make device follow-up more efficient and convenient for both patients and physicians.

Enger implanted the area’s first Accent RF pacemaker in late August.

“This new pacemaker makes the process much more seamless for the patient,” said Enger. “Information can be downloaded while the patient is sleeping and we are able to notify the patient immediately if there is a problem, or if rhythm abnormalities develop.”

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