Marlene Patrick Find a Location Find a Doctor Heart & Vascular Advanced Heart Failure Management Center Arrhythmia Center Diagnostic Testing Treatments/Procedures Cardiology Heart Attack Care Minimally Invasive Procedures Cardio-Oncology Cardiac Rehab Clinical Research Diagnostic Services Heart Surgery Patient Success Stories Prevention & Wellness AHA Training Center CardioVascular Mobile Health Unit Hands-only CPR Healing Hearts Women's Support Group Heart Healthy Lifestyle Tips My Heart Rocks Take Time For Your Heart Women and Heart Disease Tobacco Cessation E-cigarette Education Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Nicotine Medication Nicotine Replacement Nicotine Therapy Success Stories Tobacco Cessation Resources Valve Center Aortic Valve Replacement Mitral Valve Surgery Your Hospital Stay Care After Heart Surgery Intensive Care for Heart Conditions Nurses with Heart Care Expertise Partners in Heart Care Transitional Care Units New Wireless Pacemaker Means "I Do Everything Now" Marlene Patrick thought her heart problems were insurmountable. “I had terrible tiredness. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t even eat,” she says. Her heart rate dropped to 38 beats per minute. A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. “About a year ago, my doctor told me I wasn’t a candidate for a pacemaker because I probably wouldn’t make it through the surgery.” Today, thanks to a leadless pacemaker that is being studied at St. Elizabeth, Marlene is a new woman. “I do everything now. Except steps, because I have arthritis,” she laughs. Her son Tony Patrick exclaims, “She does the dishes, sweeps and mops the floors. I have to remind her: ‘Mom, you’re not supposed to move the whole house in an hour! You are supposed to take it slow.” The leadless pacemaker Marlene received is placed directly inside the heart through a leg vein. It requires no wires (leads) to the heart like a traditional pacemaker, and no incision in the chest. Dr. Mohamad Sinno, a cardiac electrophysiologist with the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute is participating in a clinical research study that brought this technology to Greater Cincinnati. Tony was impressed with Dr. Sinno and his team: “Dr. Sinno has been awesome, and all the people who work with him. If you have questions, you just ask them, they’ll answer anything you ask.” Marlene’s advice? “You need to start when you are young” to make heart healthy choices. It’s harder for those good choices to help you once you have heart disease. Yet, she adds, “I feel good. I feel really good.” Arrhythmia Services at St. Elizabeth For more information about arrhythmia care at the St. Elizabeth Heart & Vascular Institute, learn more now, or call (859) 331-3353.