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Boston Scientific Announces FDA Approval of New Family of Advanced Pacemakers
Date:5/8/2008

NATICK, Mass., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval 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.

"FDA approval of Boston Scientific's ALTRUA family of pacemakers -- especially following the European approval of ALTRUA we announced yesterday -- further demonstrates the significant progress we have made rebuilding our CRM organization and reinvigorating our product pipeline," said Fred Colen, Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology, Cardiac Rhythm Management. "Pacemakers are the most implanted device in the cardiac rhythm management industry and we look forward to making the ALTRUA family broadly available to physicians and their patients."

The ALTRUA pacemaker provides physicians with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities that enable them to tailor the therapy to meet 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 60 series also

includes an enhanced AV search hysteresis feature, now with an

extendable AV delay out to 400 milliseconds, providing physicians with

additional flex
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