NATICK, Mass., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced CE Mark approval and market launch of its ALTRUA(TM) family of pacemakers. ALTRUA is Boston Scientific's most advanced pacemaker and delivers enhanced therapies while maintaining its small size and battery longevity. It is the first Boston Scientific-branded pacemaker to treat bradycardia, a condition in which the heart beats too slowly -- usually less than 60 beats per minute -- depriving the body of sufficient oxygen.
"European approval of Boston Scientific's ALTRUA family of pacemakers is the latest example of the significant progress we have made rebuilding our CRM organization and reinvigorating our product pipeline," said Fred Colen, Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology, CRM. "ALTRUA's innovative technology -- enabling physicians to adjust the therapy to meet the needs of their patients -- demonstrates our renewed focus on treating bradycardia."
The ALTRUA pacemaker provides physicians with a number of diagnostic
and therapeutic capabilities that enable them to tailor the therapy to
specific patient requirements:
-- Multiple Atrial Ventricular (AV) Delay programming options: These
options are designed to reduce unnecessary right ventricular (RV)
pacing, without dropping ventricular beats, a key distinction from
other competitive RV pacing algorithms. The ALTRUA 50 and 60 series
also include an enhanced AV search hysteresis feature, now with an
extendable AV delay out to 400 milliseconds, providing physicians with
additional flexibility to tailor device programming for unique patient
-- Minute Ventilation (MV) Blended Sensor: This proprietary technology
treats a condition called Chronotropic Incompetence, which is the
inability of the heart to regulate its rate appropriately in response
to physical activity and emotional stress. Boston Scientific's MV
Blended sensor is the only sensor that has been shown to restore
-- Ventricular Rate Regulation (VRR): This feature helps physicians manage
patients with frequent atrial arrythmias.
-- Automatic Capture: This capability is designed to offer automatic, safe
and accurate ventricular pulse management. The device checks every
heart beat to see if the lower chambers of the heart contract in
response to the delivered pulse. If no contraction is detected, a
backup pace with more energy is delivered.
The ALTRUA family of pacemakers is currently awaiting approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is not available for sale in the United States.
Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. For more information, please visit: http://www.bostonscientific.com.
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