European Markets Show Pockets Of Strong Growth For Cardiovascular Devices
The big five European Union markets – Germany, France, the UK, Spain, and Italy – are expected to see strong growth in some of the more common cardiovascular device implant procedures over the next four years, with ventricular assist device (VAD) implantations topping the list. All five major EU markets are forecast to experience healthy mid-teen compound annual growth rates in VAD implantation volume, according to recently published European procedure volume reports from Medtech Insight.
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