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Medtronic Inc's CRT devices now approved to Treat Patients with AV Block and Reduced Heart Function

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 07:08pm EDT 

Medtronic Inc:Announces U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an expanded indication for biventricular pacing with Medtronic cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers and -defibrillators.Medtronic CRT devices are now approved to treat patients with atrioventricular block and left ventricular systolic dysfunction, reducing heart failure hospitalizations and mortality, and improving cardiac function in these patients.FDA's approval was based on the BLOCK HF clinical trial, which demonstrated significant clinical advantages of BiV pacing compared with traditional right ventricular (RV) pacing in this patient population.