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Forrest General Hospital becomes one of the first in the south to use Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) - Forrest Health
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    Published on April 12, 2017

    Forrest General Hospital becomes one of the first in the south to use Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS)

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (April 12, 2017)– Today, Forrest General Hospital became one of the first hospitals in the South to use the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) for management of bradyarrhythmia, excessively slow heart rate. The procedure was performed by Randel Smith, M.D. and S. Mark Borganelli, M.D., cardiologists at Forrest General Hospital.

    Usually patients with bradycardia, or an abnormally slow heartbeat, do not notice any symptoms of the condition. However, if bradycardia is causing symptoms some complications may result such as fainting spells, heart failure, or sudden cardiac arrest..

    The miniaturized Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is the world’s smallest pacemaker, and like traditional pacemakers, Micra corrects bradycardia by sending electrical pulses to the heart to make it beat appropriately. Micra is special because it is delivered using a minimally invasive approach, directly into the right ventricle and does not require the use of pacing wires, also called leads.

    Dr. Borganelli said,“This is truly a revolutionary device and the Micra has been named 2016’s Biggest Achievement in Medicine by U.S. News and World Report. In selected patients, this offers a tremendous advantage in pacing and pacemaker technology.”

    This highly anticipated device was also named one of the Top 10 Innovations of the Decade by ABC news. Micra is the result of a decade-long effort at Medtronic called “deep miniaturization” — a goal to shrink medical devices by up to 90 percent. Micra is 93% smaller than conventional pacemakers.

    For more information about this innovative procedure or Heart and Vascular Services at Forrest General Hospital, visit

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