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University of Michigan Unveils New Pacemaker

Jun 30, 2016

Credit University of Michigan Health System

The University of Michigan Health System has started using a new, smaller pacemaker to treat patients with heart conditions.

The new design eliminates the need for wires or a chest incision by entering the patient's body through a vein and lodging itself in the heart.

Ryan Cunnane is an electrophysiologist for the University of Michigan Health System.

"It's an exciting technology that I think has the opportunity to provide a lot of advantages to our patients."

Cunnane says it's a lot less invasive than older methods and has proven very effective during its initial clinical trials.

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