This medical video looks at the medical advancement of digital placements.
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Jennifer Matthews: Each week, Sandy Edgington takes granddaughters Kelsey and Belle to their horse riding lessons. It's just one of the many activities Sandy does. Sandy Edgington: I golf. I bowl. I ride horses with my granddaughters. I play soccer with my other granddaughter, and I just feel great. Jennifer Matthews: And now she feels even better. She's the first woman in Kentucky to receive a digital pacemaker. Sandy Edgington: I kind of felt a little honored that they chose me, you know, I think because I've tried to be healthy. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Paul Hirsh implanted Sandy's pacemaker. He says the new device helps him care for his patients better. Dr. Paul Hirsh: In a matter of seconds, we can know everything going on with the pacemaker, and we can make the appropriate changes, reprogram it very, very quickly, much quicker than any other pacemaker available. Jennifer Matthews: To get the information, this wand is placed over the person's chest. It then transfers the data to a computer. The device actually stores every single heart beat. Dr. Paul Hirsh: If the patient says, 'Last Wednesday at 2:35 in the afternoon, I felt a heart flutter,' you can look at it with the computer, find just that moment in time and see what the heart was doing. Jennifer Matthews: The computer even gives treatment advice. For Sandy, the biggest benefit is it's more comfortable than her old one. Sandy Edgington: I've had one for 10 years now, and prior to this digital one, I could tell. Jennifer Matthews: Now she can concentrate on more important things --like seeing Belle learn to trot. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.