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The Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgical Program is inter-disciplinary in nature. The Program spans across a number of Departments at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, including cardiac anesthetists from the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, surgeons from the Division of Cardiac Surgery within the Department of Surgery, and cardiologists and Perfusionists from the Department of Medicine. 

  • The inter-disciplinary nature of the Program speaks to the complexity of minimially invasive cardiac surgical procedures.
  • Staff with specialized clinical expertise and experience that are second to none.
  • Excellent facilities and state of the art equipment at London Health Sciences Centres. 
  • Leading edge researchers and clinical teachers at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.

LHSC patients first in Ontario to benefit from new pacemaker technology which promises to reduce risk of infection

London Health Sciences Centre’s (LHSC) Cardiac Care Program is the first in Ontario to implant a leadless pacemaker, a tiny pacemaker without cardiac wires known as leads.

Dr. Jaimie Manlucu, heart rhythm cardiologist, LHSC, successfully implanted the Medtronic Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) on February 1 using a minimally invasive technique through the groin.

“Leadless pacemakers are an alternative to traditional pacemakers for patients who are at high risk of infection due to other medical conditions, or do not have the veins needed for a conventional pacemaker,” she explains. “The first patient to receive a leadless pacemaker at LHSC was not a candidate for a conventional or surgical pacemaker, and has done very well with this alternative device.”

A leadless pacemaker is the size of a vitamin capsule and is able to deliver the same electrical impulses to keep the heart beating regularly as a traditional pacemaker, without the added generator or wires.

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