FDA Approves Medtronic Cardiac Devices

Created: 05/07/2013 7:33 AM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

The FDA has approved two new cardiac devices created right here in Minnesota.

Minneapolis-based Medtronic says the new implantable defibrillators respond to problems with heart rhythms faster than other pacemakers. They also have a longer battery life – up to 11 years, meaning fewer surgeries to replace them.

Medtronic says the new devices will reduce heart failure hospitalizations by more than 20 percent.