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Broadlawns Performs State-of-the-Art Procedure for Epilepsy


Broadlawns Performs State-of-the-Art
Procedure for Epilepsy

Des Moines, IA  (July 13, 2015) – Broadlawns Medical Center (BMC) has successfully implanted a state-of-the-art Aspire SR Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) device and is the first hospital in Iowa to utilize this advanced technology for an epileptic patient.  The Aspire SR device is the first and only VNS therapy that is designed to control seizures by delivering automatic nerve stimulation in response to heart rate increases.

“Epilepsy is a serious disease with about a third of patients finding their seizures difficult to control with medications alone. This means that they continue to have seizures monthly, weekly or even daily,” says Dr. Wendy Zadeh, MD, the Neurology Section Chief for BMC.  “I am very pleased to be able to offer this new treatment alternative to our epilepsy patients and am proud that Broadlawns is leading the way in utilizing the most innovative epilepsy  treatment technology available.”

TheVNS is a non-medicinal way to control seizures both preventively and with an on-demand magnet that turns on the device, which is implanted under the skin much like a pacemaker. The new Aspire SR VNS incorporates cardiac monitoring and uses rapid heart rate increases to warn of impending seizures.  The Aspire SR VNS device automatically activates when those spikes are detected. There is also an on-demand magnet that a patient can activate if they detect the onset of a seizure. 

About Broadlawns

Broadlawns Medical Center is a nonprofit healthcare organization that ensures our community is provided quality healthcare that is coordinated, compassionate and cost‐effective. The Broadlawns campus includes an acute care hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, urgent care and emergency services, lab, radiology, dentistry, inpatient and outpatient mental health, crisis team and community-based behavioral support services.  Broadlawns accepts all forms of insurance and its approach to healthcare and quality outcomes earned a Level 3 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest achievable status for a medical delivery model.

Broadlawns takes a leadership position in teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals through its residency and fellowship programs. In 1971 it became one of the first fully accredited Family Medicine Residency programs in the Midwest and has curriculums designed to meet all requirements of the residency review committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). To learn more, please visit www.broadlawns.org.


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Neurology Broadlawns Dr. Wendy Zadeh Epilepsy

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