Micra Is The World’s Smallest Non-surgically Implanted Pacemaker

Although its use is limited to new patients and not those with traditional pacemakers, the Micra is a revolutionary device due to its small size and easy installation.

Micra is the name. The name alone describes the amazing technology of this revolutionary pacemaker that is rapidly changing the lives of thousands of people who have access to this device.

Until recently, pacemakers were implanted through advanced open heart surgery. Over time, the size of these devices has been reduced, always with the goal of controlling the patient’s heart rate. It was at the end of 2013 that the company Medtronic showed the world something special, quite sophisticated and a revolution in medicine.

This was the Micra, the smallest pacemaker in the world that can also be implanted without surgery. This is something wonderful we want to share with you.

Micra, strikes with life

While this device was introduced in 2013, it is well known that the time to approve, promote and distribute any new technology or medicine is very long.

  • Micra received CE approval in 2015, which is when their marketing and distribution began in the EU.
  • After rigorous testing , it showed great efficiency and reliability compared to traditional pacemakers. Something revolutionary that since then has only brought hope and good results.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Micra around the middle of last year (2016). Up to now, implants that have been performed have been very positive, and we have found that this pacemaker is covered by most health insurances.
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Characteristics of the world’s smallest pacemaker

The pacemaker Micra measures 24 mm. It is about the size of a 10-crown Between 2014 and 2015, it passed all experimental tests in a global study that effectively confirmed its innovative technology.

The following are the characteristics of this pacemaker:

  • It is a subcutaneous capsule, without cables or battery.
  • It is not necessary to operate to implant it.
  • It is installed in the patient’s heart via trans-catheter technology. That is, it passes through a vein in the person’s groin until it is fixed in the right ventricle.
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  • This innovative pacemaker stays in place using small teeth or stitches to the heart itself. No cables needed.
  • It then begins to emit electrical impulses to maintain the heart rhythm, while adjusting to the patient’s activity.
  • It is not necessary to insert any “surgical pocket under the skin”. In other words, no one notices that the patient has a pacemaker because it is invisible. The capsule remains firmly “installed” in the heart itself.
  • They are no longer needed with incisions, scarring or long hospital stays.

A big change for heart patients

This new technology is not just a clinical advance. We must not forget the psychological effect on patients who have to undergo surgery to implant a pacemaker.

  • This device is used in a simple way that leaves no scars. If there are any issues, it can simply be “reinstalled.”
  • According to experts, the Micra is completely stable once it is installed. Unlike traditional pacemakers, it does not damage the heart tissue in any way.
  • This is an advance in the treatment of heart disease that gives doctors and patients a solution that is both simple and safe.
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Negative aspects to keep in mind

The Micra pacemaker is a complete revolution in the clinical world and for heart patients right now. But the doctors tell us this is just the beginning.

We hope that this system will bring solutions for all cases in a few years. There is also hope that the durability of this device will increase over time.

Right now, Micra has the following limitations:

  • It only lasts for 10 years, then it must be replaced.
  • Another detail to keep in mind is that this device cannot be used in very obese patients. There are major limitations, and more progress is needed to guarantee the right results.
  • We can also not forget that Micra can not be inserted in patients who already have traditional pacemakers.

Those who cannot take advantage of this technology right now need to continue with available devices to control their heart rate (which is just as effective).

We hope that science will continue to make great strides in the years to come to provide a simple and effective answer to serious problems such as heart disease.

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