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It’s being called the pacemaker of the future and is inserted into the heart, without surgery.

The tiny stand-alone cylinder runs on a battery and is inserted into the heart, through an artery in the groin.

Charles Meade of Haslett is one of the first patients in the nation to get the new mini-pacemaker.

He’s never had a pacemaker before and didn’t like the idea of having a surgical pocket on his check, or a wire to his heart.

“When I had the opportunity to use the new one, after some thought, that was what we elected to do.”

Meade is part of a clinical trial, while the FDA investigates the safety of the new device.

It takes up to an hour to put a traditional pacemaker in. The new mini-pacemaker takes just twenty minutes.

Doctors say the new device isn’t for every patient.

It’s expected to be approved by the FDA in a couple of years.

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