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NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL OFFERS THE WORLD’S SMALLEST PACEMAKER
Miniaturized Heart Device Provides Patients with the Most Advanced Pacing Technology Available
Northside Hospital today announced that it is one of the first hospitals in Florida to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is now approved for Medicare reimbursement, providing patients the most advanced pacing technology in a size comparable to a large vitamin. The first procedure at Northside Hospital was performed on April 20, 2018 by Robert Sheppard, MD, FACC, FHRS, Medical Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab at Northside Hospital.
Bradycardia is a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute. At this rate, the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body during normal activity or exercise, causing dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting spells. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart’s normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate.
When appropriate for patients, physicians may elect to use the 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 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.
About Northside Hospital
Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment, a 24-hour emergency department, preventative and corrective cardiac care, and general surgery. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (SCPC) and one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced facility allows our superior physicians and nursing staff to care for our growing community. Northside Hospital was the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in St. Petersburg and has been nationally-recognized as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care for the past four consecutive years by The Joint Commission. With campus-based specialized units, such as the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the St. Petersburg community. For more information about Northside Hospital, a five-time recognized Top Workplace (TBT), visit our website at www.NorthsideHospital.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorthsideHospital.