Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is staying on top of advanced cardiac technology to continue providing high-quality health care to the people of the region. The PMC Heart and Vascular Institute is pleased to now offer Abbott’s new Aveir VR leadless pacemaker – the world’s only leadless pacemaker designed to be retrieved. Dr. Chase Reynolds, PMC Electrophysiologist, performed this monumental procedure for the first time on Wednesday, September 21st. Pikeville Medical Center is one of only a few hospitals in Kentucky to offer this advanced technology.

The 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.

The Aveir VR is simply one among several state-of-the-art pieces of technology utilized at the PMC Heart and Vascular Institute by its experienced team of specialists and support staff. Other equipment and advanced technology utilized at PMC includes WATCHMAN, TAVR, ICDs and other pacemakers.

Pikeville Medical Center’s cutting-edge technology coupled with a team of cardiac specialists bring a broad range of expertise, resulting in comprehensive heart care for the people of the region.