World’s smallest pacemaker, size of a vitamin capsule, unveiled

"This is not a complicated procedure and the first patient that we implanted is doing extremely well," said Paul Schurmann, from Houston Methodist Hospital in the US.
The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker and is the only leadless pacemaker approved for use in the US.

The world’s smallest pacemaker, which is about as big as a large vitamin capsule and provides the most advanced pacing technology, has been successfully implanted for the first time in a patient in the US, scientists say.

The pacemaker is for patients with bradycardia, a condition characterised by a slow heart rate, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute. Full Story

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