heart rhythmFollowing the recent CE mark approval for Biotronik’s E-Series pacemaker, a UK woman has become the first person in Europe to be implanted with the streamlined device.

The patient, a woman with a history of heart failure and complete heart block, had an Enitra 8 HF-T QP device implanted on July 27 at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. The operation was a complete success and she is recovering well. 

Dr Paul Foley, Consultant Cardiologist, said: “The anatomy of this patient and the venous access presented a particular challenge, so the small size of Enitra and the quadripolar left ventricular lead were paramount in the success of the procedure. I was also personally very impressed with the size and specifications of the device.”

The E-Series has been gaining admiration in the cardiac community because of the petite size of the devices, their 14-year expected battery life, and the award-winning MRI AutoDetect sensor. This function detects when the device is in an MRI environment and automatically switches it to ProMRI mode. This limits the length of time a device remains in the limited functional state of ProMRI mode to the duration of the MRI scan only. It recently won the Cardiostim Innovation Award for Best Practice Improvement.

Biotronik’s Charlotte Pompei said: “The small size of Enitra allows for easy handling by physicians, leaves a very good cosmetic result for the patient. Their day-to-day comfort will be noticeably better, too.

“Enitra also features Biotronik Home Monitoring and Closed Loop Stimulation. With its very long battery life of 14 years, it is a very appealing device for both patients and doctors.”