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St Jude's Unify and Fortify CRM devices hit Japan

This article was originally published in Clinica

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St Jude Medical's Fortify ST implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and Unify cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) have been approved and launched in Japan. The devices, which St Paul, Minnesota firm claims are the smallest of their type, feature advanced battery technology and circuitry that allow for a smaller device, with more energy capacity, faster charge times, and increased longevity. The energy capacity of a device is particularly important for patients who have an enlarged heart, low ejection fraction, advanced heart failure or a high defibrillation threshold. They also incorporate a monitoring algorithm and technology designed to reduce inappropriate and unnecessary shocks. Unify and Fortify gained US premarket approval (PMA) last May (www.clinica.co.uk, 14 May 2010).

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