April 19, 2024
UC San Diego Well being’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Heart in La Jolla. Courtesy of UCSD

 The College of California San Diego Monday stated it’s the first well being system to efficiently implant a brand new sort of dual- chamber and leadless pacemaker system.

A pacemaker helps deal with sufferers with irregular coronary heart rhythms, generally known as arrhythmias, which may result in palpitations, fainting and stroke.

UC San Diego Well being stated it implanted the pacemaker within the affected person in February.

Conventional pacemakers use skinny wires, generally known as leads, which conduct electrical indicators inside an individual’s coronary heart and blood vessels. The leads are connected to a battery-powered generator implanted beneath the pores and skin. The power burst could cause the guts to beat extra rapidly, with a pacemaker; or it could possibly cease harmful, fast coronary heart rhythms.

“To have the choice to make use of a leadless pacemaker system on each side of the guts will enable us to deal with extra people presently residing with coronary heart arrhythmias,” stated Ulrika Birgersdotter-Inexperienced, a heart specialist who additionally directs pacemaker and ICD providers at UC San Diego Well being.

“Leadless pacemakers are thought-about the longer term within the remedy of coronary heart arrhythmias and have allowed many sufferers to dwell their lives with no seen proof of a pacemaker or coronary heart system,” Birgersdotter-Inexperienced stated.

“This development for our sufferers needing cardiovascular care is the results of our extraordinary multidisciplinary, electrophysiology workforce at UC San Diego Well being,” Birgersdotter-Inexperienced added.

In line with UCSD, the pacemaker system might be eliminated or changed at any time ought to a affected person’s remedy necessities change.

Accredited by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration final July, the pacemaker system makes use of new communication know-how and is a much less invasive possibility for sufferers.

“The brand new system is comprised of two units: one within the atrium, or prime proper coronary heart chamber, and one within the ventricle, backside proper chamber,” Birgersdotter-Inexperienced stated. “The 2 units then talk with each other by way of the guts’s pure circulatory system that controls the heartbeat.”

Virtually 80% of sufferers who obtain a pacemaker want a twin chamber possibility, in accordance with UCSD. Whereas such pacemakers have been the popular possibility, they’ve traditionally solely been accessible for individuals who require pacing on one facet of the guts, UCSD stated.

The brand new system is the scale of an AAA battery and doesn’t require a surgical “pocket” beneath the pores and skin.

As a substitute, the system is delivered by way of a catheter and “implanted instantly into the guts, making it a extra minimally invasive method for sufferers,” UCSD stated.

The process is carried out within the area’s “first hybrid, state-of- the-art working room” at Sulpizio Cardiovascular Heart at UC San Diego Well being, UCSD stated.

UCSD stated that board-certified electrophysiologists carry out “among the many largest volumes of system implantations, coronary heart ablations and laser lead extractions within the nation, providing superior distant monitoring for units utilizing minimally invasive surgical strategies.”

Atrial fibrillation, the most typical arrhythmia, will have an effect on 12.1 million individuals in america by 2030, primarily based on an estimation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

–Metropolis Information Service