Heart patients in Coventry and Warwickshire to benefit from super small leadless pacemakers

UHCW's Cardiology Team - Dr Faizel Osman and Dr Saja HayatEarlier this month, Consultant Cardiologists (Dr Faizel Osman/Dr Sajad Hayat) at University Hospital in Coventry implanted the first ever leadless pacemakers in Coventry & Warwickshire. The device was a Medtronic Micra™ pacemaker, which is just two centimetres long.

Traditional pacemakers require placement of wires into the heart and connecting a device in the patient’s upper chest to deliver electrical pulses to the heart to maintain its rhythm. The new state-of-the-art Micra pacemaker sits directly within the patient’s heart and eliminates the need for wires.

The tiny device can be implanted without the need to operate on the patient’s chest. Instead it is inserted directly into the heart via a catheter through a vein in the patient’s leg. Patients stay awake for the procedure, which is carried out under local anaesthetic, and patients often go home the same day.

Grandmother of five, Gail Dixon from Coventry was the first patient to receive the tiny pacemaker when University Hospital in Coventry started carrying out the procedure earlier this month.

Gail, who was experiencing syncope, or blackouts, said: “The technology is amazing, it’s so small and because it sits within my heart there is no scarring to worry about either.

“The procedure was really quick and painless, and all the doctors and nurses have been fantastic.”

Dr Faizel Osman said: “It’s is fantastic news for patients in Coventry and Warwickshire and surrounding region that we’ve started implanting mini pacemakers”.

“These life-saving devices make a huge difference to the quality of people’s lives by regulating the heartbeat in patients with abnormally slow heart rhythms.”