Medtronic announced that it received CE mark approval for its next-generation Micra AV2 and Micra VR2 leadless pacemakers.
According to the press release:
“Micra AV2 and Micra VR2, the world’s smallest pacemakers, provide longer battery life and easier programming than prior Micra pacemakers, while still delivering the many benefits of leadless pacing such as reduced complications compared to traditional pacemakers.
With approximately 40% more battery life compared to previous generations, Medtronic projects the battery life of Micra AV2 and Micra VR2 is nearly 16 and 17 years, respectively. This means more than 80% of patients who receive a Micra may only require one device for life.
This CE Mark milestone follows U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the Micra AV2 and VR2 devices in 2023.
In addition to size and longevity benefits, Micra devices are also the only leadless pacemakers with remote monitoring capabilities, which allow a doctor or clinic to check on a patient’s heart device without the need for a patient to travel to their clinic for an in-person appointment. Other patient benefits of remote monitoring may include a reduction in hospitalizations and increase in sense of security.”