- For the first time in India an 81-year-old patient has been provided with the world's smallest pacemaker at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad.
- The patient suffered from a type of bradycardia known as Sick Sinus Syndrome, a condition of slow heart rate.
- Approved by FDA last year, the leadless pacemaker is only one tenth the size of its traditional counterpart.
- According to Dr Bharat V Purohit, Senior Consultant and Chief of Interventional Cardiology at the hospital, the patient has undergone a previous angioplasty and was on blood thinner medications resulting in risks for a traditional pacemaker implant.
- He was also reluctant of any surgical procedure, the doctor added.
- Implanted through the leg, this leadless pacemaker sticks to the heart walls directly giving electrical signals to maintain a normal heart rate.
- Complete MRI compatibility and adjustment of the heart rate according to the patient's activity are the other advantages of the new smallest pacemaker.
Source: Continental Hospital, Hyderabad, News Update