World’s smallest pacemaker in mid-Michigan
It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks since Michael Johnson and his wife first visited his doctor.
“He showed me on the computer, where my heart just flatlined, and then it picked back up, and then it flatlined again.”
Michael has Bradycardia, a very common condition, that leads to a slow, irregular heart rhythm. He needed a pacemaker, but there was a problem: there was nowhere to put one, without interfereing with his dialysis access.
Dr. Mustafa Hassan explains says that if, “We put the leads through the veins in the heart through this- on the left side here, he has a fishtail on that side- an access for dyalisis. If we put a lead there, we are going to occulude the fishtail and it’s not going to work very well.”