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Cost may be a hurdle for the first FDA-approved leadless pacemaker
Modern Healthcare

The approval of a pacemaker that works without the use of wired leads is being heralded as a major win for patients at risk of complications from traditional devices.But cost and potential limitations on how it performs could hinder widespread use of Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System.The 1-inch device, the world’s smallest pacemaker, is implanted directly onto the heart’s right ventricle chamber and uses prongs that generate electrical impulses to regulate heart beats in the same fashion as traditional pacemakers.Conventional pacemakers require electrodes to be inserted through a large vein into chambers of the heart.

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