At Saifee hospital, a 78 year old foreign national got a new lease of life as world’s smallest leadless pacemaker was successfully implanted in a trans-catheter implant. The surgical procedure was conducted by Dr Ali Asgar Behranwala, HOD Cardiothoracic Surgery, Saifee Hospital and Dr Yunus Loya, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, Saifee Hospital.
The patient, Kareem Alawaazi had had a history of coronary artery disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had undergone bypass surgery in the past. When the episodes of dizziness, breathlessness and fainting continued the doctors put him through a few tests and diagnosed that the patient was suffering from Bradycardia. He required implantation of a pacemaker to improve pacing.
Bradycardia is a heart condition in which the heart beats very slowly. For most people, a heart rate of 60 to 100 beats a minute while at rest is considered normal. If your heart beats less than 60 times a minute, it is slower than normal.
The team of doctors successfully performed the implant procedure to treat Bradycardia with the smallest leadless pacemaker. This leadless pacemaker, which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a new type of heart device that offers the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker.
“This is a minimally invasive procedure, reducing the patients’ pain and stress considerably. The patient had episodes of fainting due to slow heart rhythms which have improved after implanting the leadless pacemaker. It was a successful procedure and there is nothing more important to a doctor than giving patients a better life,” said Dr Ali Asgar Beheranwala.