Heart Health in the News – Nano Pacemaker Implanted Sans Surgery

There is some recent heart health news right in Vasomedical’s back yard on Long Island: this month, doctors implanted a nano pacemaker into a local patient’s heart, the device was so small (about the size of a quarter) that it did not require surgery.

According to the Newsday report, the nano is a miniature self-contained device that has no wires and it only requires a minimally invasive procedure to insert. The device is routed into the right ventricle, a chamber in the heart, using a catheter inserted in the femoral vein of the leg by a specialist in electrophysiology. Over time, scar tissue grows over the implant and secures it in place. The device is a product of St. Jude Medical, a Minnesota-based medical device maker, and it is called Nanostim. It is currently being tested for safety and efficacy in a national multicenter clinical trial.

One of the most impressive things about this procedure: the patient was in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours.

According to the piece, “more than 4 million patients globally have pacemakers, and 700,000 new patients receive one annually.” If approved, this device could potentially revolutionize the current pacemaker insertion procedures that are used frequently to treat patients who suffer from arrhythmias, when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

At Vasomedical, we look forward to seeing how other non-invasive procedures can transform heart heath treatments and we always like to be aware of the latest industry happenings.

Tell us, what do you think of this new pacemaker?