Glens Falls Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals in the region to offer the Medtronic Micra ™ AV, the world’s smallest pacemaker with atrioventricular (AV) synchronization.
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This new device dramatically increases the number of candidates for leadless pacing technology, which offers a host of potential benefits for patients.
Micra AV is designed for the treatment of patients with AV block, a type of heart block in which the electrical signals between the chambers of the heart (atria and ventricles) are altered.
Pacemakers, the most common way to treat AV block, help restore normal heart rhythms and relieve symptoms by coordinating the electrical activity of the atria and ventricles. When this process – known as AV synchronization – is achieved, patients are healthier and have a reduced likelihood of pacemaker syndrome, improved quality of life, and increased left ventricular blood flow.
Leadless pacemakers are the next advancement in pacing technology. Miniaturizing a pacemaker into a device that can be easily delivered directly to the heart has significant advantages and reduces some of the complications that arise with traditional pacemakers. I believe the direction of future pacing technology will integrate the increasing use of the leadless pacemaker with the expansion of its capabilities.