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Boston Scientific: Heart Beats and Pacemakers


Written By: Brenda (B.K.) Walker

With every beat of your heart, there is the opportunity for tragedy. Boston Scientific Corp is manufacturing groundbreaking technology to assist in keeping hearts beating and controlling complications relating to abnormal heart rhythm.

According to Reuters, the FDA has finally given the go ahead on four implantable mechanisms developed by Boston Scientific Corporation; each designed specifically for patients with heart disorders.

Who is Boston Scientific Corp?

Headquartered in Natick, MA, Boston Scientific Corp is a leading medical device manufacturer and marketer. The organization operates 12 manufacturing facilities worldwide, employing approximately 23,000 employees. Founded in 1979 by Pete Nicholas and John Abele as a holding company, the organization purchased Medi-Tech and launched the steerable catheters, a product utilized in less invasive procedures. Since its conception, it has pioneered the way for many innovative products including the lung cytology brush, the Zavala Lung Model, the TAXUS Express(2) paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent system, the Precision Plus Spinal Cord Stimulation System, the S-ICD subcutaneous implantable defibrillator, the Alair device-based asthma treatment, Promus Element drug-eluting coronary stent system, and much more.

Four New Implantable Devices

  • Dynagen & Inogen Mini ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator): the next generation in implantable defibrillators; 20% smaller and approximately 24% thinner in size than most of its competitors
  • Dynagen X(4) & Inogen X(4) CRT-D (Quadripolar Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator): 70% more pacing selections, provides greater protection against cardiac death as a result of irregular heart rhythms due to heart failure, and has a longer battery life

Cardiac Statistics

According to the CDC, approximately 600,000 people die in the United States, each year, from heart disease. It is the leading cause of death, with Coronary heart disease listed as the most common type of heart disease. In America, some 720,000 people suffer a heart attack. The United States spends approximately $108.9 billion each year due to Coronary heart disease.

Photo courtesy of the CDC
Photo courtesy of the CDC

During 2007–2009, death rates due to heart disease were highest in the South and lowest in the West.

 

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