St. Jude Evaluating Device That Gives Early Alert To Heart Attacks
JANET MOORE, Star Tribune
St. Jude Medical Inc. has launched a large U.S. clinical study with a heart defibrillator that can give doctors and patients warning signals of a possible heart attack.
The company's Fortify device has a mechanism to monitor the ST segment -- or the electrical changes between heartbeats -- which it can transmit to health care professionals. These changes can serve as an early warning to doctors that a patient may be at risk of suffering a heart attack, said Dr. Mark Carlson, St. Jude's chief medical officer.
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