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UC San Diego Health Makes History with Dual-Chamber Leadless Pacemaker Implantation for Irregular Heart Rhythms

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
UC San Diego Health is the First in the Region to Implant Dual Chamber, Leadless Pacemaker

In San Diego, UC San Diego Health has made history by successfully implanting the world’s first dual-chamber and leadless pacemaker system. This system is used to assist in treating individuals with irregular heart rhythms, also known as arrhythmias. These conditions can lead to complications such as palpitations, fainting, and stroke. Atrial fibrillation, the most common type of arrhythmia, is expected to affect around 12.1 million people in the United States by 2030, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are typically used to regulate irregular heartbeats. However, a new leadless pacemaker system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July 2023 and is placed in both chambers of the heart using innovative communication technology to provide a less invasive option for patients. UC San Diego Health performed the first implantation of this pacemaker system in a patient in February 2024.

Dr. Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, a cardiologist and director of pacemaker and ICD services at UC San Diego Health, expressed excitement about the new technology: “To have the option to use a leadless pacemaker system on both sides of the heart will allow us to treat more individuals currently living with heart arrhythmias.” Approximately 80% of patients who receive a pacemaker require a dual-chamber option. While leadless pacemakers have been preferred by patients due to their less invasive nature compared to traditional pacemakers with leads that are inserted into veins or under skin tissue, they were previously only available for individuals needing pacing on one side of the heart alone.

By Samantha Jones

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