FDA Approves Medtronic’s Micra Leadless Pacemaker With Large Post-Market Trial Condition
This article was originally published in Clinica
The US FDA approved Medtronic’s Micra transcatheter leadless single-chamber pacemaker on April 6, beating out St. Jude’s Nanostim to be the first transcatheter leadless pacemaker to earn FDA approval.
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