FDA approves Medtronic heart wire – Created with NASA developed material
Posted May 07 2009 8:28pm
Cardio surgery and the devices used are becoming more sophisticated all the time. Perhaps this might be a valid answer to replace some of the wires that will be needing replacement. Hopefully this will prove to be a longer life wire which would be great news to all those implanted with devices. BD Medtronic Inc. said Wednesday it received federal approval for a heart wire that’s out of this world.
The Attain Ability wire uses insulation material developed by NASA Langley Research Center that was previously evaluated for space applications, high-performance engines and harsh environments. Medtronic said this is the first time a NASA-developed material has been used in this kind of implantable medical device. Langley Research Center is located in Hampton, Va.
The wire, called a lead, delivers electrical impulses directly to the heart from a pacing device implanted in a patient’s chest. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared Attain Ability wire for treatment of heart failure.
Fridley-based Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) said Attain Ability is especially thin, making it easier for surgeons to navigate the lead through the intricate curves of the heart’s anatomy to place the lead in the ideal location on the left ventricle.