Twenty minutes and done. Cardiologists from the Olomouc University Hospital introduce electrodeless pacemakers to patients

Twenty minutes and done. Cardiologists from the Olomouc University Hospital introduce electrodeless pacemakers to patients
Twenty minutes and done. Cardiologists from the Olomouc University Hospital introduce electrodeless pacemakers to patients
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April 2, 2024

In the optimal case, a twenty-minute procedure and the next day the trip home from the hospital. Modern technology in the form of electrodeless (capsule) pacemakers is already routinely implanted as part of normal practice by experts from the I. Internal Clinic – Cardiology Faculty Hospital Olomouc. For the patients themselves, this is a more comfortable method, which also saves the time and capacity of medical professionals and thus also the money intended for health care.

“The Olomouc University Hospital is undoubtedly a leader in the application of the latest cutting-edge technologies in the field of cardiology. As part of our work, we try to provide patients with adequate treatment with the help of new device therapies, which include a modern capsule pacemaker,” says the head of the 1st internal clinic – cardiology FN Olomouc, prof. MD Miloš Táborský, CSc., FESC, FACC, MBA.

The first fifteen procedures using capsule pacemakers took place at the Cardiology Clinic in Olomouc already in 2016. “Now we have done more than 150 of them, so it is a completely routine practice, not just a clinical study. During this year, approximately sixty patients should receive these modern pacemakers from us. for me, as the head of the clinic, it is very important and gratifying that all our doctors already manage this type of procedure. In addition, as a teaching workplace, we participate in this direction in the training of doctors from, for example, Ostrava, Zlín and other cities and regions,” acknowledges Professor Táborský.

In addition to a gentler approach to patients, the advantage of top technology from the American company Medtronic is the minimization of complications and risks, such as sudden heart muscle failure, bacterial infections or vascular complications (hemothorax, pneumothorax). “Of course, we normally compete for new technologies in the form of public contracts and pay attention to payments from all health care payers,” mentions the head of the 1st internal clinic – cardiology FN Olomouc.

The capsule pacemaker is implanted in the patient’s body through the groin under local anesthesia. Using a special case, it reaches its destination in the right heart chamber or atrium under X-ray control via the femoral vein. “In the best case, it is done within twenty minutes of the start of the procedure itself, and the patient goes home the next day. He continues to be monitored, of course, with the help of modern telemedicine, i.e. remotely and without the need to personally visit our workplace,” adds Prof. MD Miloš Táborský, CSc., FESC, FACC, MBA.

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