NON-SURGICAL IMPLATATION OF LEADLESS PACEMAKERS
In continuation of the outstanding medical achievements of the Medical Services General Directorate, the Prince Sultan Cardiac Center of Prince Sultan Military Medical City has successfully implanted trans- catheter Leadless Pacemakers for an 85-year- old male and two 65 year-old female patients without the need for surgical intervention.
Dr. Ahmed bin Rashid Al-Fagih, Head of the medical team, who performed the procedure, stated that the technology used was the state-of-the-art, and only available in limited centers around the world. This technology, God willing, will prompt a radical change in the implantation of heart pacemakers in the future.
Dr. Al-Fagih added that the latest pacemakers are small; usually less than 6.7 mm in diameter, 25.9 mm long, and weigh only 2 grams with an expected battery life up to thirteen (13) years. They are also implanted via Trans- catheter without surgical intervention.
Leadless Pacemakers can also be wirelessly linked – (in the near future) - to a special modem designed to transmit information relating to the patient's heartbeat accurately via the Internet without the need for patients to visit the hospital.
In conclusion, Dr. Al- Fagih reiterated that Prince Sultan Cardiac Center continues to keep pace with the latest technology in the provision of superior therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive cardiac services, utilizing stat-of-the art technology, thanks to Allah the Almighty, then to the unlimited support of the wise leadership of our country and the continuous follow-up efforts of the Medical Services General Directorate aimed at identifying ways and means to overcome obstacles.