S-ICD System (2013 Prix Galien USA Winner)
Boston Scientific's S-ICD technology places a pulse generator and electrode just under the skin, leaving the heart and blood vessels untouched and reducing complications associated with conventional ICDs. The latest version of the device, the Emblem MRI subcutaneous implantable defibrillator, received FDA approval last month.
Boston Sci executives have reported strong growth in sales of the devices. Medtronic is now trying to compete with its EV-ICD (EV for extravascular) technology in which leads are outside of the heart and veins but under the rib cage.
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