Thomas R Holmes
- The Japanese Circulation Society
- Circulation Journal (ISSN:13469843)
- pp.CJ-23-0269, (Released:2023-08-02)
Background: The Micra leadless pacemaker has demonstrated favorable outcomes in global trials, but its real-world performance and safety in a Japan-specific population is unknown.Methods and Results: Micra Acute Performance (MAP) Japan enrolled 300 patients undergoing Micra VR leadless pacemaker implantation in 15 centers. The primary endpoint was the acute (30-day) major complication rate. The 30-day and 6-month major complication rates were compared to global Micra studies. All patients underwent successful implantation with an average follow-up of 7.23±2.83 months. Compared with previous Micra studies, Japanese patients were older, smaller, more frequently female, and had a higher pericardial effusion risk score. 11 acute major complications were reported in 10 patients for an acute complication rate of 3.33% (95% confidence interval: 1.61–6.04%), which was in line with global Micra trials. Pericardial effusion occurred in 4 patients (1.33%; 3 major, 1 minor). No procedure or device-related deaths occurred. Frailty significantly improved from baseline to follow-up as assessed by Japan Cardiovascular Health Study criteria.Conclusions: In a Japanese cohort, implantation of the Micra leadless pacemaker had a high success rate and low major complication rate. Despite the Japan cohort being older, smaller, and at higher risk, the safety and performance was in line with global Micra trials.