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Good Samaritan MC now offering the world's smallest pacemaker

Jun 26, 2018

Miniaturized Heart Device Provides Patients with the Most Advanced Pacing Technology Available

West Palm Beach, Fla. – June 18th 2018 – Good Samaritan Medical Center is now offering the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) 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.

“As the need for even more advanced cardiac care in our community grows, we will continue to expand our services and invest in new technology,” said Tara McCoy, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Both our patients and clinicians will certainly see the benefits of the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System.”

Comparable in size to a large vitamin, physicians at Good Samaritan Medical Center have elected to use Medtronic’s Micra TPS because unlike traditional pacemakers, the device does not require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical “pocket” under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy. Instead, the device is small enough to be delivered through a catheter and implanted directly into the heart with small tines, providing a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads – all while being cosmetically invisible. The Micra TPS is also designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels.

The Micra TPS also incorporates a retrieval feature to enable retrieval of the device when possible; however, the device is designed to be left in the body. For patients who need more than one heart device, the miniaturized Micra TPS was designed with a unique feature that enables it to be permanently turned off so it can remain in the body and a new device can be implanted without risk of electrical interaction.

The Micra TPS is the first and only transcatheter pacing system to be approved for both 1.5 and 3 Tesla (T) full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and is designed to allow patients to be followed by their physicians and send data remotely via the Medtronic CareLink® Network.

The Micra TPS was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April 2016, and has been granted Medicare reimbursement, allowing broad patient access to the novel pacing technology.

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