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Cardiac Pacemakers: New Developments in the Field of the Life-saving Device

March 05, 2020 | Healthcare

Every year, approximately 60,0000 pacemakers are implanted and at present, there are around 3 million people worldwide with pacemakers. Implantation of pacemaker doesn’t change the recipient’s lifestyle or activities. Often, people between the age group of 60 years and above receive pacemakers. However, nowadays, age is no bar.  Almost every pacemaker is implanted to treat slow heart beating. It is called bradycardia. The heart usually beats almost 50 to 70 times each minute at rest and it may upsurge to 2 or 3 fold during exercise or stress. The body and brain don’t receive enough blood flow if the heart beats very slowly. Hence, it further results in several symptoms that indicate whether the person needs a pacemaker.

Cardiac Pacemaker Market

Symptoms Indicating the Need for Pacemaker:

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Fainting

  • Shortness of breath

  • Near fainting

  • Fatigue

  • Lack of energy

  • Dizziness

Have You Heard About the World’s Smallest Pacemaker- Micra Transcatheter Pacing System?

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) announced that it has successfully implanted Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS), the world’s smallest pacemaker in the Midwest. Dr. Charles Gornick conducted the implantation as part of the significant clinical trial. The Micra TPS pacemaker possesses one-tenth of the size of a standard pacemaker. It resembles a large vitamin.

It is delivered into the heart through a catheter that is inserted in the femoral vein. Once inserted, it is attached to the wall of the heart and can be retrieved or repositioned if required. The usage of leads or wires is not needed for this device to connect it to the heart. It can be attached via small tines to the heart. This scaled-down technology has been developed to offer innovative pacing system to the patients through a minimally-invasive approach. MHIF was selected among a unique group of organizations to participate in the clinical trial. The positive results would potentially benefit many recipients of pacemaker.

Some of the Most Recent Advances in Cardiac Pacemakers Technology

The industry of cardiac pacemakers has been experiencing numerous technological advancements for the past few years. Here’s a list of the latest technologies that would impact the market positively and transform patient care:

  • Models that are safe from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

  • Introduction to leadless, transcatheter-delivered, and transcatheter-delivered pacemaker systems.

  • Tracking patient health and device data through wireless remote monitoring systems.

  • New data recording features to offer more information about the device status and patient’s health.

  • Longer battery life.

  • Reduction in pacing requirements to sustain battery power.

MRI-Safe Pacemaker: The Sole Provider of Unfettered Access to MRI

One of the most prominent trends in pacemaker technology is the launch of FDA approved MRI- conditional models. These would aid the patients in undergoing MRI imaging exams without any changes to the device settings or harm to the device. Pacemakers without this technology had previously prevented the patients from undergoing MRI. As per Mayo Clinic, around 75% of patients with a cardiac device will require MRI at least once in their lifetime.

Biotronik, a multinational biomedical technology company mentioned that approximately 20% of patients with pacemakers need MRI within the first two years of implant and more than 6 million people from the age group of 65 and older undergo an MRI scan every year in the U.S. Biotronik is the first company to provide both dual and single-chamber pacemakers in the U.S. for utilization in an MRI environment. In May 2014, the company announced that it has received clearance for its Entovis pacemaker system that is equipped with the ProMRI technology.

What Does the Future of the Cardiac Pacemakers Industry Hold?

Cardiac pacemakers have matured since the last 60 years in terms of technology, such as CRT, ICDs, rate response, and dual-chamber pacing. There are significant developments that are encircling all the aspects of defibrillation and cardiac pacing right from implantation to follow-up. However, the potential for development in the field of biological pacemaker is high.

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