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Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today announced the start of a pilot study of its investigational Extravascular Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (EV ICD) system, in which a lead is placed outside of the heart and veins to deliver lifesaving defibrillation and antitachycardia pacing therapy all in one system, with a device size similar to transvenous ICDs. The first patient …

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) today announced the start of a pilot study of its investigational Extravascular Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (EV ICD) system, in which a lead is placed outside of the heart and veins to deliver lifesaving defibrillation and antitachycardia pacing therapy all in one system, with a device size similar to transvenous ICDs. The first patient implant was performed at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand, representing the first intended long-term patient use of the Medtronic EV ICD system.

As quoted in the press release:

“The Medtronic EV ICD system has the potential to deliver the benefits of traditional ICDs while eliminating the risks that can occur when leads are implanted inside the veins and heart,” said Ian Crozier, M.D., Department of Cardiology, Christchurch Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand, and principal investigator (PI) in the Medtronic Extravascular ICD Pilot Study. “We are incredibly pleased to contribute to this important research that will serve as a key step in establishing the safety and efficacy of this new approach.”

The pilot study will assess the Medtronic EV ICD system in 20 patients at four sites: Christchurch Hospital (Dr. Crozier); Austin Health in Heidelberg, Australia (PI: David O’Donnell, M.D.); MonashHeart in Clayton, Australia (PI: Emily Kotschet, M.D.); and The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane, Australia (PI: Haris Haqqani, M.D.). After implantation of the system, patients and their devices will be routinely checked to assess safety and device performance.

Click here to read the full press release.

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