“It’s really going to make a world of difference for me. I’ve been given a new lease on life.” - Patient Heather Schevenhoven
Doonside resident Heather Schevenhoven was the first patient in WSLHD to receive a leadless pacemaker. It attaches directly to the heart wall and does not need thin wires or leads.
The pacemaker, which is the size of a large vitamin and weighs less than a coin, does not require the creation of a surgical “pocket” under the skin. This reduces potential complications and it also slashes the recovery time.
The procedure offers hope to patients who may not have been able to receive a traditional pacemaker.