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Boston Scientific Announces First European Implants of New Devices to Treat Heart Failure and Sudden Cardiac Death
Date:2/28/2008

NATICK, Mass., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced the first European implants of its COGNIS(TM) cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and TELIGEN(TM) implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). Physicians began performing implants earlier this week. Forty implants have been performed in 14 hospitals in six countries.

When choosing a high-energy device, physicians often must make trade-offs among device size, battery longevity and features. The COGNIS CRT-D and the TELIGEN ICD are designed to eliminate those compromises. They are among the world's smallest and thinnest high-energy devices at 32.5 cc and 31.5 cc respectively, while less than 10 mm thick. They offer features based on significant engineering advances, including extended battery longevity, self- correcting software and improved programming technology. These devices are built on an entirely new technology platform and are the result of a multi- year research and development effort to provide physicians enhanced clinical options for their patients.

The COGNIS CRT-D and TELIGEN ICD received CE Mark last month. This week's implants represent the beginning of the market launch in Europe. The Company plans to build to a full launch in Europe and other international markets in the second quarter.

"The COGNIS CRT-D offers extended battery longevity and several new features that will help me better manage my heart failure patients," said Poul-Erik Bloch-Thomsen, M.D., Gentofte Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark. "For example, the SmartDelay(TM) feature recommends programmable device settings, which enable me to tailor individualized pacing therapies."

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