STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: A team of doctors in the Department of Cardiology, Super Speciality Hospital (SSH), Jammu, have successfully conducted the non-surgical implantation of world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker in a middle aged woman here on Wednesday.
Dr. Sushil Sharma, HOD Cardiology, GMC, Jammu under the guidance of renowned cardiologist and electro physiologist Dr T.S Kler conducted the first leadless percutaneous permanent pacemaker implantation in a patient, who was admitted to the hospital after cardiac arrest with abnormal heartbeats.
Considered to be first of its kind of pacemaker implantation in the state, the experts took around half an hour to successfully complete the entire non-surgical implantation process.
Dr Sushil Sharma said unlike most pacemakers that are placed in the patient’s chest with leads running to the heart, MICRA which is 93 per cent smaller is implanted directly into the patient’s heart.
“It is MRI compatible and can adjust the heart rate according to the patient’s activity and needs of the body. Comparable in size to a large vitamin capsule, the doctor decided to use the leadless pacemaker because unlike traditional pacemakers, the device does not require cardiac wires (leads) or a surgical pocket under the skin to deliver pacing therapy. The miniature pacemaker implanted without surgery is the latest effort to make heart surgery less traumatic,” said Dr. Sushil Sharma.
The near and dear ones of the patient expressed their gratitude to Dr. Sushil Sharma and his team for their tireless efforts to improve the quality of health care facilities in the state. The Department of Cardiology has conducted more than 20,000 simple and complex interventional procedures under the supervision of Dr. Sushil Sharma and has been instrumental in bringing the state of art healthcare facilities to the common populace of the state.
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