Medtronic Receives CE Mark For World’s Smallest Pacemaker
Medtronic’s Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is not only the world’s tiniest approved pacemaker, but the vitamin-sized transcatheter device also has no leads and is cosmetically invisible. The pacemaker targets patients with a slow heartbeat who can benefit from single-chamber pacing.
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