New products help ensure effective therapy delivery even for patients with high defibrillation thresholds, provide additional disease management monitors for heart failure patients or patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest and can be implanted through a smaller incision due to reduced sizeST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) today announced European CE Mark
approval and first implants of its Fortify(TM) and Fortify ST implantable
cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and Unify(TM) cardiac resynchronization
therapy defibrillator (CRT-D). The devices will be fully launched in
Europe later this spring, and U.S. versions of the Fortify ICD and Unify
CRT-D are expected to be launched later this year. The reduced size of
these new devices compared to those of previous generations creates the
smallest available device footprint in the industry.
The Fortify ICD and Unify CRT-D feature advanced battery technology and
circuitry that allow for a smaller device, with more energy capacity and
rapid charge times, all while increasing device longevity. The energy
capability of a device is particularly important for patients who have
an enlarged heart, low ejection-fraction, advanced heart failure or
previously demonstrated a high defibrillation threshold (the amount of
energy required to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm). These
devices feature 40J of delivered energy (45J stored) - the highest
energy level available in the industry - helping to ensure that therapy
will be successful for those patients who require a higher energy shock
Because of the devices' narrower shape, physicians can implant them
using a shorter incision, leading to less time spent closing the
incision and a smaller scar for the patient. The company's SJ4 lead
connector system further streamlines the procedure by reducing the
number of connections between the defibrillation lead and the device,
which can improve patient comfort by reducing the bulk of wires in the
The Unify CRT-D and Fortify ICD also incorporate the new CorVue(TM)
pulmonary congestion monitoring algorithm. This new feature alerts
physicians when a patient's heart failure may be worsening, as evidenced
by changes in electrical signals that can be correlated to increased
congestion, or fluid retention, in the chest area. The algorithm
continuously monitors fluid retention in multiple vectors, providing an
accurate diagnostic and an alert designed to minimize false positives.
"These new devices have been designed to address many of the clinical
issues facing our customers, from enhanced patient safety, reduction of
inappropriate therapy and streamlined implant procedures, to improved
disease management of cardiac conditions," said Eric S. Fain, M.D.,
president of the St. Jude Medical Cardiac Rhythm Management Division.
"Our goal with this product line is to address all these needs and do so
while reducing the size of the device without compromising on either
delivered energy or device longevity."
Both devices also have features that are designed to assist in the
reduction of unnecessary shocks, including painless anti-tachycardia
pacing, which can be used for fast ventricular arrhythmias prior to or
while the device is preparing to deliver shock therapy, and other
enhanced technology for reducing inappropriate therapy.
"This new device platform provides a number of new features that will
help me to improve management of my patients with ICD and CRT-D devices,
while delivering new safety features on top of St. Jude Medical's
already reliable technology," said Prof. Werner Jung of Schwarzwald-Baar
Klinkum in Villingen-Schweningen, Germany. "The combination of the
devices' smaller size and SJ4 connector system also streamlines the
implant procedure and makes the device more comfortable for my patients."
In addition to the family-wide features of the Unify and Fortify
devices, the Fortify ST ICD features St. Jude Medical's first-to-market
ST segment monitoring diagnostic algorithm, which can add important
information to assist in medical decision making and accelerate patient
care. The Fortify ST ICD continuously monitors for specific changes in
the ST segment of the electrocardiogram that can indicate the onset of
serious conditions such as ischemia (which occurs when blood flow/oxygen
to the heart muscle is obstructed). Because many cardiac episodes are
transient in nature, the continuous ST monitoring capability available
in the Fortify ST ICD gives physicians more comprehensive information
over time compared to the standard electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) that
would otherwise only be recorded in the physician's office.
An ICD is an advanced implantable device that treats potentially lethal,
abnormally fast heart rhythms (ventricular tachycardias or ventricular
fibrillation), which often lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD).
Approximately 325,000 people per year in the U.S. die suddenly of SCD.
A CRT-D device resynchronizes the beating of the heart's lower chambers
(ventricles), which often beat out of sync in heart failure patients,
and provides back up treatment for SCD, which is a risk factor
associated with certain types of heart failure. Studies have shown that
CRT (cardiac resynchronization therapy) can improve the quality of life
for many patients with heart failure, a progressive condition in which
the heart weakens and loses its ability to pump an adequate supply of
blood. About 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, with 550,000
new cases diagnosed every year, according to the American Heart
The Unify CRT-D and Fortify ICD are pending approval by the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA).
About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical develops medical technology and services that focus on
putting more control into the hands of those who treat cardiac,
neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide. The company is
dedicated to advancing the practice of medicine by reducing risk
wherever possible and contributing to successful outcomes for every
patient. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical employs more
than 14,000 people worldwide and has four major focus areas that
include: cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular
and neuromodulation. For more information, please visit sjm.com.
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