Mercy Medical Center now implanting "World's Smallest Pacemaker" for heart patients
Mercy Medical Center has become one of the first hospitals in Iowa to offer heart patients a new kind of pacemaker.
To be exact, the world's smallest pacemaker.
Wednesday morning, Mercy Medical Center implanted the device for the first time in Sioux City.
The device is small enough to be delivered through a catheter and implanted directly into the heart.
This new device provides a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers.
"This device because the infection rate is so low because there is no lead in the system. This will be a perfect device for somebody that requires pacing therapy but is a high risk for infections," said Cardiologist, Dr. Roque B. Arteaga.
The patient who received the first device, a seventy nine year old male, with the entire procedure taking about half an hour to complete.