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St. Jude Medical Announces Clinical Benefits of Quadripolar CRT Pacing at ACC

St. Jude Medical announced that clinical findings on quadripolar pacing will be presented at the 61st Annual Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology (ACC, Chicago, March 24-27 2012). According to St. Jude’s announcement, quadripolar pacing allows physicians the ability to use multisite left-ventricular (LV) pacing.  Studies that examined the role of multisite pacing in improving hemodynamics and

 
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FDA AIMD PMA/Supplement Approvals for January

FDA released its PMA/Supplement approvals for January.   The edited version below has been edited to include only AIMDs.  It is not the full list, and should be used only for general information purposes.

 
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Cool Reed Switch Manufacturing Video

Magnetic reed switches are used in active implantable medical devices as a simple way of placing the device in a known operational mode when a programmer is not available.  For example, placing a magnet on a pacemaker sets it to VVI mode with a manufacturer-specified set of parameters.  In other devices (e.g. implantable cardioverter/defibrillators), placing a

 
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ImThera Receives CE Mark for the Aura6000 System to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  ImThera Medical announced this week that it received the CE Mark for the Aura6000 System to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

 
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Boston Scientific to Acquire Cameron Health for $150M Up-Front + $150M Upon FDA Approval

Boston Scientific announced the exercise of its option to acquire Cameron Health.  Cameron Health developed the world’s first and only commercially-available subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator – the S-ICD® System that I blogged about a few weeks ago. The agreement calls for an upfront payment of $150 million, payable upon transaction closing, an additional potential $150

 
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Medtronic Receives CE Mark for CapSure Sense MRI™ SureScan® Pacing Leads

Medtronic today announced the receipt of CE Mark and launch of the CapSure Sense MRI™ SureScan® pacing leads, which are approved for use during MRI procedures.  The newly approved leads are the smallest MR–Conditional leads available in the world with a 5.3 French isodiametric lead body.  The new leads are passive-fixation leads.  Previously approved Medtronic MR–Conditional leads

 
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