Miniaturized Wireless Heart Device Provides Patients with the
Most Advanced Pacing Technology Available
Fredericksburg, VA, March 15, 2018 - Mary Washington Hospital announced today that it is one of the first
hospitals in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer the world’s smallest
pacemaker for patients with bradycardia. The Medtronic 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 and is one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.
The first procedure using this technology was performed at Mary Washington
Hospital by Dr. Ashok Talreja, Cardiologist, on March 2, 2018.
Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia, a condition characterized
by a slow or irregular heart rhythm that is usually fewer than 60 beats
per minute. The slowed heart rate prevents the heart from pumping enough
oxygen-rich blood to the body during normal activity or exercise causing
dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting spells. A pacemaker
is implanted to help restore the heart's normal rhythm and relieve
symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart that increase the
Unlike traditional pacemakers, the device is the size of a small vitamin
and does not require cardiac wires, known as “leads”, or a
surgical “pocket” under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy.
Instead, the Micra® TPS device is small enough to be delivered through a catheter and implanted
directly into the heart with small tines via a minimally invasive approach.
The device is also cosmetically invisible.
"This new leadless (wireless) pacemaker is a revolutionary shift in
pacemaker technology. It does away with the device pocket and enhances
the safety of the procedure for our patients,” says Dr. Ashok Talreja,
Cardiologist and Medical Director, Electrophysiology, Mary Washington
Customization enables the Micra TPS to automatically adjust pacing therapy
based on the individual patient’s activity levels.
Mary Washington Healthcare
is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient
and outpatient care through 28 facilities, including Mary Washington Hospital,
a 451-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community
hospital and services including Mary Washington Hospice. Mary Washington
Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system with a longstanding commitment
to provide care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, visit www.MaryWashingtonHealthcare.com.