Newest pacemaker is battery-powered device 1/10th the size of current units

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 10:01am

The world's smallest pacemaker is now being tested in humans.

Medtronic's newest pacemaker is called the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System.

Pat Mackin, Senior Vice President for Medtronic and President of the company's cardiac rhythm disease management business compared it to a traditional pacemaker.

"There's no more generator. There's no more lead. It's all contained in this pellet here," he said.

According to Mackin, the Micra TPS also has the same ten-year battery life as a traditional pacemaker.

Dr. Bill Katsiyiannis, with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, described it as, "just a phenomenal development."

He's impressed with the Micra TPS because it eliminates the lead on a traditional pacemaker and the need to make a pocket for the device.

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