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First human implant of world’s smallest, minimally invasive cardiac pacemaker

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Posted in Hardware on 31st Dec, 2013 12:26 AM by AlexMuller

Medtronic, Inc. has announced the first-in-human implant of the world’s smallest pacemaker: the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System. The device was implanted in a patient in Linz, Austria as part of the Medtronic global pivotal clinical trial. The Micra TPS is an investigational device worldwide.

 
At one-tenth the size of a conventional pacemaker, and comparable in size to a large vitamin, the Micra TPS is delivered directly into the heart through a catheter inserted in the femoral vein. Once positioned, the pacemaker is securely attached to the heart wall and can be repositioned if needed.
 
No leads, no incision, minimally invasive
 
Unlike current devices, the new miniature device does not require the use of wires, known as “leads,” to connect to the heart. Attached to the heart via small tines, the pacemaker delivers electrical impulses that pace the heart through an electrode at the end of the device.
 
“Because of its small size and unique design, the Micra TPS can be introduced directly into the heart via a minimally invasive procedure, without the need for leads,” said Clemens Steinwender, M.D., head of cardiology at the Linz General Hospital in Linz, Austria. “The combination of this novel technology with a transcatheter procedure can benefit patients by potentially reducing pocket or lead complications and recovery times observed with traditional surgical pacemaker implants.”

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-31
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Hearth surgery has been in place for some time now and many types of procedures are in place. It is good to find that are new and useful improvements coming that make pacemakers even more easer
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-31
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Yes, there are several news recently about improvements in this area. Some weeks ago groundbreaking five-year artificial heart got first patient in France that helps people waiting for a better option Reply
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