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World’s Smallest Pacemaker – Now at NorthShore
NorthShore is one of the first health systems in the area to offer the next generation of heart pacemakers. The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is for patients with a slower than normal heart rate, known as bradycardia. Micra is one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker and small enough to be delivered through a catheter. It also is leadless, meaning there are no wires. Micra is implanted directly into the heart to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on the patient’s activity level. Studies have shown the technology boasts fewer postsurgery complications and a 99 percent success rate.