Mercy Health - The Heart Institute Experts Fit Patients with the World's Smallest Leadless Pacemakers

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that electrophysiologists with The Heart Institute at Anderson and Fairfield Hospital and The Jewish Hospital have fitted patients with the world's smallest leadless pacemakers.

Pacemakers restore the heart's rhythm and proper rate of blood circulation, helping eliminate symptoms of a slow heart rate, which include shortness of breath and a lack of energy. However, certain patients can't tolerate traditional pacemakers, which deliver energy to the heart muscle through wires called leads.

The new Micra from Medtronic is a leadless pacemaker that measures about the size of a large vitamin. It is available to qualified patients with certain medical histories, such as infection, or conditions, such as issues with access to the heart, who need single-chamber pacing only. Because it does not require leads to pace the heart, it reduces the risk of traditional pacemaker complications which may affect as many as 10% of patients and is MRI compatible.

"We perform the procedure in the cath lab, inserting the Micra through the femoral vein. The procedure is non-invasive, which reduces recovery times and the risk of infection," said Jefferson Burroughs, MD, an electrophysiologist with Mercy Health – The Heart Institute. "Based on the patient's medical history, heart rhythm and test results, we can determine if he or she is a candidate for the leadless pacemaker."

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact:
  • Jefferson Burroughs, MD, The Heart Institute, Anderson, 7502 State Road, Suite 2210, Cincinnati, OH 45255, 513-624-2070
  • Reza Mehzad, MD, The Heart Institute, Fairfield, 3000 Mack Road, Suite 100, Fairfield, OH 45014, 513-751-4222
  • Shervin Sadrpour, MD, The Heart Institute, Kenwood, 4760 East Galbraith Road, Suite 205, Cincinnati, OH 45236, 513-985-0741