I’m John, and this is my healing place.
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Eighty-year-old Novato resident John Irvine was enjoying a leisurely retirement, keeping fit with
a daily two-mile walk. Then, he began experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath. After several
trips to his local Emergency Room, John was diagnosed with bradycardia, or slow heartbeat.
He needed a pacemaker right away. He was referred to Sujoya Dey, MD, Medical Director of
Electrophysiology at Marin General Hospital, one of the few Bay Area hospitals to offer the
revolutionary Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing System. Conventional pacemakers are surgically
implanted, but the tiny Micra™ device is introduced minimally invasively through a vein in the
groin and threaded up to the heart. Patients go home the next day and, as John can attest,
recovery is almost immediate. He was back to enjoying his favorite Marin places in no time.