Gordon Anderson is a retired Baptist/Congregational minister who has struggled with heart issues, including atrial fibrillation, for the last twenty five years. While resting at his home on April 21, 2018, Gordon suddenly raised both of his arms above his head and began talking incoherently. His wife was alarmed and immediately called 9-1-1, requesting an ambulance, which transported him directly to Maine Medical Center.
His cardiac team at Maine Medical Center, led by Dr. John Love, worked closely with Gordon’s cardiologist Dr. Howard Sherman from Southern Maine Health Care to determine the best course of action. Realizing that he was an ideal candidate for the newest technology available, Gordon was fitted with a miniaturized Micra trans-catheter pacing system in the lower ventricle of his heart, which includes an on-board computer and battery that will last over 10 years without need of adjustment. At present, MaineHealth has the only active implant program in Maine for this technology. Placement of the device is truly state-of-the-art, as there are only 2 hours of downtime involved and no surgical intervention is required.
A few months have passed, and Gordon has returned to doing what he loves best; serving the guests of the nearby Old Orchard Beach area hotels with continental breakfast and welcoming them to Maine. Gordon and his wife also enjoy primitive painting and traditional chair caning, which he teaches to area Adult Education students.