Bradycardia is a type of heart arrhythmia in which you experience a slower than normal heart rate. Traditionally, this condition can be treated with an implanted pacemaker, but modern innovations mean that there is an alternative available. The Micra Medtronic Pacemaker is a smaller pacemaker available for bradycardia treatment. To learn more about it, and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate, read below for additional details.

What is the Micra Medtronic Pacemaker?

The Micra Medtronic Pacemaker is a new type of leadless pacemaker that was approved for use by the FDA in 2016. One of the great things about it is that it is 93% smaller than traditional pacemakers. It is inserted into the heart to help regulate the heart rate for patients suffering from bradycardia. It works by detecting changes in the heart’s activity level and adjusting the heart rate accordingly.

It’s a long-lasting option, too, with an expected battery life of 12 to 15 years. By comparison, most traditional pacemaker batteries will last between five and seven years depending on how often they’re used. This means the batteries in a traditional pacemaker will need to be changed twice as often.

Who is eligible for the Micra Medtronic Pacemaker?

Most suitable candidates for a ventricular pacemaker, and those who are able to undergo heart catheter procedures, should be eligible to use the Micra Medtronic Pacemaker. While this pacemaker is not suitable for everyone, it does work well for people with kidney problems or who need dialysis. You’ll need to speak with your doctor to determine if this pacemaker is the right option for you.

What are the benefits compared to regular pacemakers?

For people who are eligible to receive it, this pacemaker comes with a lot of benefits. Because of its small size, the Micra Medtronic can be directly implanted into the heart’s right ventricle. The process involves a catheter inserted into the leg to place the pacemaker within the heart. This means that the procedure for this pacemaker is less invasive than a traditional pacemaker implant.

It’s also a lead-less procedure. In other words, the Micra Medtronic eliminates common lead-related complications, including insulation breaches and fractures. The Micra Medtronic Pacemaker reports 48% fewer major complications during the implantation procedure when compared to traditional pacemakers. Patients who have the Micra Medtronic can undergo an MRI and operate most household appliances with the pacemaker implanted.

An Electrophysiologist Near Me: Heart Rhythm Consultants

If you’re suffering from bradycardia, the Micra Medtronic Pacemaker is a smaller, less invasive treatment option. Before proceeding with a traditional pacemaker or other treatment options, be sure to ask about the Micra Medtronic Pacemaker. Schedule an appointment with the experts at Heart Rhythm Consultants to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.

About Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A.

The experienced electrophysiologists of Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A. have been serving West Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Tampa, Port Charlotte, and Sun City Center for over 15 years. Our specialty cardiologists, or EP doctors, help patients manage their abnormal heart rhythm conditions, whether they suffer from arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (AFib), or other irregular heartbeats.

Dr. Dilip J. Mathew, Dr. Antonio Moretta, and Dr. Rajesh Malik perform arrhythmia treatments like cardiac ablation, cryoablation, and implanting pacemakers or defibrillators. Dr. Mathew has performed nearly 5,000 complex cardiac ablations. View our office locations in Sarasota, Venice, and Port Charlotte, Florida.