FMC Among First in Ohio to Offer World's Smallest Pacemaker

Worlds Smallest PacemakerFairfield Medical Center is proud to become one of the first hospitals in Ohio to offer the world’s smallest pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device, approved for Medicare reimbursement, that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. Michael Reinig, D.O., cardiologist and electrophysiologist with Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Cardiology, performed the first procedure on April 19.

The pacemaker is comparable in size to a large vitamin and 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 also is designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide our patients with such an advanced form of treatment for bradycardia,” Dr. Reinig said. “The small size of the pacemaker allows for a less invasive treatment option with a remarkable recovery time. Most patients are discharged within 24 hours of the procedure.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Micra® TPS, please contact Fairfield Healthcare Professionals Cardiology at 740-689-4480.

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