CRT-D device reduces hospital admissions for mild cardiac symptoms

09/1/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A combination of defibrillator and a cardiac-resynchronization therapy device proved effective in reducing the chances of patients being hospitalized for less severe forms of cardiac failure, according to a study sponsored by Boston Scientific. By the end of the year, Boston Scientific will ask the FDA to grant "indication expansion" for the CRT-D device, which was already approved for use in those with advanced forms of congestive heart failure, said Fred Colen, president of the company's cardiac rhythm management unit.

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