Installing the wireless pacemaker requires only a minimally invasive surgery using a catheter inserted in a vein.

Tiny pacemaker helps keep patient’s heart in rhythm

In February, Martha Hawks became the Southeast’s first recipient of the Medtronic Micra AV, the latest version of the tiny pacemaker that Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute began testing in a clinical trial in 2014. The FDA approved the latest device in January.

Events honor early patients of novel Parkinson’s study

Pioneers of Parkinson’s disease research are gathering at Vanderbilt University Medical Center today to celebrate the end of a study that was an important first step in the quest to find a way to slow the progression of the degenerative movement disorder.


Parkinson’s deep brain target fired up

Neuronal activity in a deep brain region increases as Parkinson’s disease advances, a new study suggests.