Advances in CRM Technology
At this year's Heart Rhythm Society meeting, companies showcased a number of technologies designed to make cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices, such as implantable cardioverter defibrillators and pacemakers, safer, more effective, and easier to implant. In addition, there were some early-stage presentations on promising next-generation CRM technologies involving leadless and rechargeable systems-paradigm changing advances.
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Brief summaries of recent developments in the medical device industry.
The clinical trials MADIT II and SCD-HeFT definitively proved the benefit of ICDs for preventing the risk of sudden cardiac death and paved the way for reimbursement. But now that the excitement has died down, the confusion has set in. Clinicians aren't entirely sure in which real-world patients to implant devices. The debate about the proper methods of risk stratifying patients for ICD implantation rages on.