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VCS’s Dr. Vivak Master Utilizes New Abbott Leadless Pacemaker System for the Treatment of Certain Abnormal Heart Rhythms

Earlier last week, Dr. Vivak Master was the first to perform an Aveir VR implant in Richmond, Virginia.  The procedure took place at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital.

VCS is pleased to now offer Abbott’s new Aveir VR leadless pacemaker – the world’s only leadless pacemaker designed to be retrieved.  Aveir VR leadless pacemaker provides a new and exciting option to assist physicians in the treatment of patients with certain abnormal heart rhythms.  Like other leadless pacemakers, Aveir VR does not require insulated wires – known as cardiac leads – that deliver the electrical energy to the heart.  Instead, the device is implanted directly into the heart’s right lower chamber using a minimally invasive procedure.

What sets this innovative option apart, however, is Aveir VR leadless pacemaker’s impressive battery life that is up to two times longer than existing leadless options, as well as its unique mapping capability that allows clinicians to measure electric signals to assess the correct placement of the device before final fixation within the heart.  Additionally, it is designed to be enabled by software to support dual chamber pacing in the future upon regulatory approval.

“The Aveir VR leadless pacemaker has many very unique qualities that make it an ideal choice for many patients including: retrievable design, ability to map prior to fixation of the device, and the long battery life. The feature that I think will benefit patients the most, and also excites me the most, is the future possibility for true dual-chamber pacing in leadless form. I am really happy to partner with Abbott in bringing this cutting-edge device to patients in the Richmond area.” – Dr. Vivak Master

Published April 12, 2023

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