St. Jude Medical, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, focuses on the development, manufacture and distribution of cardiovascular medical devices for the global cardiac rhythm management, cardiovascular and atrial fibrillation (AF) therapy areas; and interventional pain therapy and neurostimulation devices for the management of chronic pain and movement disorders. Principal Products The company’s seven principal product categories are tachycardia implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) systems; AF products (electrophysiology (EP) introducers and catheters, advanced cardiac mapping, navigation and recording systems and ablation systems); bradycardia pacemaker (pacemaker) systems; vascular products (vascular closure products, pressure measurement guidewires, optical coherence tomography imaging products, vascular plugs, heart failure monitoring devices and other vascular accessories); structural heart products (heart valve replacement and repair products and structural heart defect devices); neuromodulation products (spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and radiofrequency (RF) ablation to treat chronic pain and deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat movement disorders); and Thoratec products (ventricular assist devices and percutaneous heart pumps). The company markets and sells its products worldwide primarily through a direct sales force. ICD Systems Tachycardia ICD systems and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) devices treat patients with tachycardia. ICDs and CRT-Ds are typically implanted underneath the collarbone and are connected to the heart by leads (wires) that carry electrical impulses to the heart. An ICD monitors the heartbeat and delivers high-energy electrical impulses, or ‘shocks’, to regulate the heart's rhythm and treat ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation, which lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD). A CRT-D device resynchronizes the beating of the ventricles and provides backup treatment for SCD. Physicians and healthcare professionals also use programmers and remote monitoring equipment to analyze device data from ICDs and CRT-devices. The company’s primary ICD Systems' competitors include Medtronic plc. (Medtronic); Boston Scientific, Inc. (Boston Scientific); Biotronik International (Biotronik); and LivaNova plc. (LivaNova). AF Products AF products provide access, diagnostic, visualization and ablation products to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating various irregular heart rhythms. Ablation technologies are primarily designed to be used in the EP lab to guide and facilitate the percutaneous delivery of catheters to areas of the heart where arrhythmias occur. Access products enable clinicians to facilitate the percutaneous delivery of diagnostic and ablation catheters to areas of the heart where arrhythmias occur. Diagnostic products gather electrical information from the heart to help determine the cause of an arrhythmia, the location of its source and allow clinicians to move the catheter tip in precise movements to diagnose the more anatomically challenging areas within the heart. Visualization products enable the physician to check for electrical isolation of the pulmonary vein openings during an AF ablation procedure and are designed to create high-density heart chamber models, including three-dimensional cardiac models and detailed electrical maps. Ablation products focus on disabling abnormal tissue that cause or perpetuate arrhythmias. The company’s primary AF Products' competitors include Johnson & Johnson, Inc (J&J), Medtronic, and Boston Scientific. Pacemaker Systems Pacemakers treat patients with bradycardia. Similar to ICDs and CRT-Ds, pacemakers are typically implanted underneath the collarbone and connected to the heart by leads, although some do not require the need to surgically create a pocket or use leads. Pacemakers monitor the patient's heart rate and, when necessary, deliver low-voltage electrical impulses to stimulate an appropriate heartbeat. Single-chamber pacemakers sense and stimulate only one chamber of the heart (atrium or ventricle), while dual-chamber devices can sense and pace both the upper atrium an
st jude medical inc (JUD:Berlin)
One St. Jude Medical Drive
St. Paul, MN 55117
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