Jalandhar, September 25, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
The First Leadless pacemaker in Punjab was done by Dr. Vanita Arora from New Delhi at Jalandhar Heart Centre marking the beginning of the Leadless Era at Punjab. A 65-year-old patient, Mr. Hans (name changed) was admitted to the hospital with a heart rate of 30bpm (complete heart block). After discussion, he opted for a safe pacemaker but without surgery.
With her 25 years of experience in the field of Pacing Dr. Vanita Arora has done maximum leadless pacemakers in the country.
What is Leadless Pacemaker
A traditional pacemaker is a device of the size of a tea bag, which is surgically implanted under the skin in the upper chest. The system requires leads to be connected to the pacemaker which is threaded into the heart. The lead carries electrical signals from the pacemaker to the heart to help it beat regularly.
Leadless Pacemaker is the world’s smallest pacemaker leaving no bump under the skin, no chest scar, and requiring no lead.
It is the miniaturized size (of a vitamin pill) and is done by a minimally invasive approach which leaves no visible sign of a medical device under the skin and the battery lasts as long as the traditional pacemaker. Patients with a Leadless Pacemaker walk out of the hospital within 24 hours.
It is for patients who have had multiple pocket infections; patients who are very frail, thin skin (no subcutaneous fat) and who don’t want a visible bulge on their chest or surgery for the implant of a pacemaker, very obese patients; patients with psoriatic skin disease/skin allergies; patients who would require therapeutic radiation therapy where leads could restrict treatment; patients with venous or access issues – where a catheter-based pacing system saves the patient from a major surgical implant.