St. Jude Medical Gets Pacemaker OK
Thursday May 3, 10:29 am ET
St. Jude Medical Receives U.S., European Marketing Approval for Zephyr Line of Pacemakers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Heart device maker St. Jude Medical Inc. said Thursday it received Food and Drug Administration and European marketing approval for a new type of pacemaker.
The approvals cover the Zephyr family of pacemakers, which are designed to save time by automatically performing follow-up testing before a patient sees a doctor.
In the European version, the Zephyr pacemaker can also tell doctors in about 90 seconds which device settings are best suited for individual patients, dispensing with an echocardiography procedure that can take between 30 minutes and 2 hours, St. Jude said.