First Side-Wire biventricular pacer implants:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Surgeons in France's University of Rennes and the Harefield Hospital in the UK have performed the first implants of Medtronic's Attain Side-Wire left ventricular pacer leads. The leads, 4 French in diameter, are designed for patients with a particularly difficult anatomy for site-specific placement. They combine the familiar stylet insertion system with the option of catheter and guide wire placement similar to that used in angioplasty, says Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Medtronic. The new device joins the company's range of Attain left-heart leads, which are already available outside the US.