(WFRV) -- New models of combined pacemakers and defibrillators are now in hospitals. Local 5 caught up with one local doctor and his patient to learn more.
Electrophysiologist Mohammad Mortada of Aurora Baycare Medical Center is working with these new defibrillator-pacemaker models.
"Luckily there's now the new lead which is shorter and has only one end less than the previous one that will reduce the bulkiness behind the skin," Mortada said. The size of the defibrillator has a header which we connect the lead to and will be even smaller than before when we had 3 ends. Now we only have 1.
Wayne Clark recently had surgery to get this newest version of the pacemaker and defibrillator.
"I could hardly breathe anymore," said patient Wayne Clark. "I had another pacemaker, this one here really improved it a lot. I even bought an electric scooter to get around with. Now, I don't even think I'll need it. It really was a change."
And just one month after surgery, Wayne says the device is already making a big difference and he feels 100% better.
To learn more about the device, you can call Aurora BayCare, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.