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Beebe implants the first wireless pacemaker in Delaware

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Beebe Healthcare implants the Micra AV2 leadless pacemaker in a minimally invasive procedure for a cardiac patient in Delaware.

Starting on the left, William (Bill) Stanton, CRNA, Curt Trapp, RN, Donna Connor, NP, Kyle Schlezes, RTR, Jennifer Fitzcharles, RN, Jordana Bumgarner, RTR, Ellen Crockett, RN, Dr. Maria Pia Del Corral, Lori Kline, RN, Manager, Nate Patterson, RTR, Caitlin King, RTR, and Denise Pecora, NP. | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE

LEWES – Beebe Healthcare implants the first Micra AV2 leadless pacemaker in a minimally invasive procedure for a cardiac patient in Delaware.

Maria Pia del Corral, MD, a regional cardiac electrophysiologist, led the procedure and was the first on Delmarva to implant the Micra AV2 leadless pacemaker.

“The Micra pacemaker simplifies the process of care for the patient, not only at the time of surgery, but also in the years that follow,” said Dr. del Corral. “You can’t see the device under the skin, the risk for infection is minimal, and the battery life is longer. All of these factors streamline and optimize the care experience for our patients.”

The Micra AV2 has improved long-term outcomes for patients with life-threatening heart conditions who need a pacemaker to survive. Unlike standard pacemakers that require a five-centimeter chest incision and the insertion of wires (leads) into the heart chamber, the Micra AV2 is wire-free, reducing the risk of infection.

The device is an incredibly small, leadless (wireless) device, that is placed into the right ventricle of the heart. The procedure is performed using a minimally invasive technique, which routes the coin-sized pacemaker from a tiny incision made in the upper area of the thigh, through the body and directly to the heart. The Micra AV2 pacemaker device is 93% smaller than standard pacemakers and has an extended average battery life – typically ranging from 16 to 17 years.

“Dr. Freih is another leading physician in the region when it comes to implantation of leadless pacemaker devices, and he and Dr. Qureshi played instrumental roles as we worked to bring the Micra pacemaker to Beebe,” said Dr. del Corral. “We are committed to advancing healthcare for the people of Sussex County and are proud of this milestone achievement and what it means for our patients.”

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