On July 5, 2023 Abbott announced that the FDA had approved the AVEIR™ dual chamber (DR) leadless pacemaker system, the world’s first dual chamber leadless pacing system.
According to the press release:
Through Abbott’s proprietary i2i™ communication technology, AVEIR DR devices provide synchronized or coordinated cardiac pacing between two leadless pacemakers based on the person’s clinical needs. The i2i technology utilizes high-frequency pulses to relay messages via the naturally conductive characteristics of the body’s blood between each leadless pacemaker. To support dual chamber therapy, each implant communicates beat-to-beat with a paired, co-implanted device. This conductive communication is critical, because it uses far less battery current than inductive, radio frequency or Bluetooth® communication which are other alternatives used in implantable medical devices or traditional pacemakers.
Roughly one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker, the AVEIR DR leadless pacing system is made up of two devices – the previously-approved AVEIR VR single chamber device, which paces the right ventricle, and the now-approved AVEIR AR single chamber device, which paces the right atrium. The AVEIR DR system incorporates Abbott’s novel i2i technology, which solves a significant engineering challenge by offering beat-to-beat communication between the two leadless pacemakers.