Micra TPS Pacemaker
BayCare is leading the way with advancements in cardiac care with Morton Plant and St. Joseph’s hospitals becoming the first hospitals in Florida not a part of the clinical trial study to implant the Medtronic Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS).
Known as the world’s smallest pacemaker, the one-inch Micra TPS, which is 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers and
smaller than a AAA battery, is implanted directly into the patient’s right ventricle through a vein in the leg. It is a single-chamber pacing
system that paces only the right ventricle of the heart.
Although every patient needing a pacemaker is not a candidate for the Micra TPS, it can be of great benefit to those who are. Patients will not have a chest scar or a bump, meaning they will not have the discomfort or visible, physical reminder of a pacemaker under the skin.
In the past, single chamber pacemakers were implanted under the skin near the collarbone and had wired leads that ran through a vein directly to the heart’s right ventricle, creating a “pocket” under the skin. Unlike these conventional pacemakers, the Micra TPS is self-contained and does not have wired leads. It latches directly onto the heart using small hooks and can be repositioned if needed.
For a referral to one of our cardiac specialists to determine if you are a candidate for a Micra TPS pacemaker: (844) 343-1765.