World first for Portuguese patients

World first for Portuguese patients

Innovation has come to the Santa Cruz Hostpital in Carnaxide, Oeiras earlier last week.

Three of their patients have been part of a world first to have the world’s smallest pace maker inserted inside of them. They are three out of nine patients worldwide to be fitted with this device.

Doctor Diogo Cavaco said that the device “measures only two and a half centimetres and is placed in the heart through a catheter inserted in the femoral vein, and has no wires or electrodes, which reduces the risk of infection.”

Doctor Cavaco explained further that the daily cost for the treatment would be around three Euros while the device lasts a span of 10 years.

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