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American Heart Association In Brief: Ventritex

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Ventritex: Firm's Contour and Cadet High Voltage Can ICDs gain premarket approval from FDA. HVC versions of the 57 cubic centimeter Contour and 73 cc Cadet "utilize the defibrillator case itself as an additional electrode" allowing implantation of the devices with a single lead, Ventritex says. Ventritex, which recently entered an agreement to merge with St. Jude Medical ("The Gray Sheet" Oct. 28, p. 3), received approval for its Contour defibrillator in September; the Cadet gained FDA's go-ahead in May...
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