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10/2/2017

Prevea and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center First in Northeast Wisconsin to Implant World’s Smallest Pacemaker


Green Bay – Prevea Heart & Vascular Care and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay are the first in Northeast Wisconsin to implant a new, state-of-the-art pacemaker that is proving to be a major advancement in treating patients with irregular heartbeat.
 
The Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (Micra TPS), the world’s smallest pacemaker, is used to treat bradycardia, a condition characterized by a slow heart rate that can cause dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath and fainting spells. Bradycardia can be caused by a variety of factors including damage to heart tissue related to aging, heart disease or heart attack. The Micra TPS works like a traditional pacemaker in that it sends electrical impulses to the heart to increase a person’s heart rate; however, there are some exceptional health benefits as a result of the pacemaker’s size.
 
Comparable in size to that of a large vitamin and the weight of a penny, the Micra TPS can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart through a catheter. Traditional pacemakers, which are approximately 10-times larger than the size of the Micra TPS, require a larger surgical incision on the chest or the creation of a “pocket” under the skin. They also require cardiac wires or “leads” to deliver the pacing therapy. The Micra TPS does not require leads and remains cosmetically invisible. It responds to patients’ activity levels by automatically adjusting therapy.
 
Dr. James Hansen, Prevea Heart & Vascular Care electrophysiologist, led the first Micra TPS implantation in Northeast Wisconsin on Aug. 8, 2017 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. The procedure is also performed at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
 
“Pacemakers have been enhancing patients’ lives for decades, but there are long-term risks of damage and infection associated with traditional pacemakers that have leads,” said Dr. Hansen. “This new, leadless pacemaker eliminates these risks by being completely contained in the heart itself. Prevea Heart and Vascular Care, in partnership with HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s hospitals, are proud to be able to offer such state-of-the-art treatment to our patients.”
 
Click here to view an animated video of the Micra TPS procedure. For more information, visit www.prevea.com/micra.
 
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About Prevea Health
Prevea Health’s mission is to care for people with passion, pride, and respect. Founded in 1996, Prevea Health partners with HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, to provide access to more than 200 physicians in more than 60 specialty areas. Prevea has more than 40 locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley region. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.
 
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center have been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. With HSHS St. Vincent being the largest tertiary care hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s location on Green Bay’s west side, patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospitals primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
 
About Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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Dana Jermstad
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(920) 429-1752
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