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    St. John’s Regional Medical Center First in the Tri-County Area to Implant the Aveir™ VR Leadless Pacemaker

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    OXNARD, Calif. – The cardiac team at Dignity Health-St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) was the first in the Tri-County area to implant Abbott’s FDA-approved Aveir™ VR leadless pacemaker system, used for treating certain abnormal heart rhythms.

    The Aveir VR leadless pacemaker is the world’s only leadless pacemaker designed to be retrieved – or removed – when it has to be replaced. Like other leadless pacemakers, Aveir VR does not require an incision in the chest to implant the device or insulated wires – known as cardiac leads – that deliver electrical energy to the heart. Instead, the device is implanted directly into the heart’s right lower chamber using a minimally invasive procedure.

    “Implanting the first Aveir leadless pacemaker in the central coast region along with our history of implanting the first Micra leadless pacemaker in the region are signs of our commitment to provide our patients with the best and latest technology for treating heart diseases,” said Ali Sovari, MD, Electrophysiologist. “The addition of this new leadless heart pacing device completes and updates our already comprehensive toolbox of cardiac pacing.”

    The Aveir pacemaker has a unique mapping capability designed to allow physicians to measure electrical signals within the heart and determine the correct placement of the device before final implantation. It has an increased projected battery life that can be up to two times longer than other currently commercially available leadless pacemakers when using International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard settings.

    To learn more about cardiac care at St. John’s, visit

    About Dignity Health – St. John’s Regional Medical Center
    Founded in 1912, Dignity Health – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) is a 365-bed, acute care, non-profit hospital located in Oxnard, Calif. Serving Ventura County for more than one hundred years, SJRMC has been named a Top 250 hospital by Healthgrades.

    As a leader in stroke care, SJRMC is the first and only Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Ventura County and is a recipient of the American Heart Association’s, Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

    Designated as a STEMI Receiving Center, SJRMC is highly recognized for excellence in cardiac care and has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Shield of California.

    Its Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. SJRMC is home to the only all-private room, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Ventura County. Learn more at



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