CIS is First in Baton Rouge to Use Bluetooth Defibrillator

Gallant ICD Baton Rouge

Pictured from left to right are: Chad Clement RT, Jeremy Martone, RN, Sunita Millhoff RT, Dr. Robby Drennan MD, Ben Schuler RN, and Jim Overholt (Abbott Rep).

BATON ROUGE- Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) electrophysiologist, Dr. Robert Drennan, is the first in Baton Rouge, and second in the state, to implant the Gallant™ Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD), the first-of-its-kind with Bluetooth technology. The procedure took place on February 3 at Baton Rouge General.

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, is a small, battery-powered device that monitors heart rhythm for very fast and potentially dangerous heart rhythms and sends an electrical shock to the heart muscle to restore normal heart rhythm. The Gallant™ ICD is unique, as its Bluetooth capability pairs with Abbott’s myMerlinPulse mobile smartphone app to streamline communication between doctors and patients. This remote monitoring enables physicians to identify asymptomatic episodes of cardiac arrhythmias or abnormal heart rhythms, leading to earlier intervention.


Once the ICD is implanted and paired to the myMerlinPulse app, it discreetly collects and shares important information about the patient’s heart with the provider. This is called remote monitoring, and it is secure.


“This Bluetooth ICD offers enhanced detection and treatment for arrhythmias and safer management of care,” explained Dr. Drennan. “This means a better quality of life for patients, peace of mind with automated daily checks, and discretion and freedom to go anywhere, anytime.”


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