Pictured from left to right are Sean Blanchard, RT; David Guillory, RT; Marc Saad, MD; Elaine Sharpe, RN and Joey Minvielle, RT R RCIS.
LAFAYETTE- CIS electrophysiologist Dr. Marc Saad was the first to implant the Micra pacemaker at Lafayette General Health on May 17.
Manufactured by Medtronic, the Micra is the world's smallest pacemaker, measuring about 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers. It is implanted directly into the patient's heart during an interventional procedure—without the need for lead wires. Therefore, the risk of lead breakage, dislodgment or infection is eliminated.
“This procedure is relatively straightforward, with low procedural risks and low potential complications in both short and long term,” said Dr. Marc Saad. “There are no potential lead malfunctions or complications. Despite the small size of the device, it is estimated to have more than 10 years of longevity.”