Jonesboro doctor implants first-of-its-kind pacemaker
JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - St. Bernards is making history after a patient received a first-of-its-kind pacemaker.
Dr. Devi Nair, director of cardiac electrophysiology for St. Bernards Heart & Vascular, inserted the world’s first dual chamber leadless pacemaker.
The AVEIR pacemaker by Abbott is roughly one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker and is smaller than a AAA battery, according to a Tuesday news release. It also uses wireless communication, drastically increasing both mobility and comfort for the patient.
Abbott said the FDA approved the pacemaker in June 2023 after clinical trial data showed the pacemaker was safe and effective in treating abnormal heart rhythms.
“With more than 80% of people who need a pacemaker requiring pacing in two chambers of the heart, this groundbreaking device significantly increases access to leadless pacing for millions across the United States,” the release said.
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