When The Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own

Medtronic Inc. is expected to win government approval soon for one of the most eagerly anticipated medical devices in years: the PCD implantable defibrillator. About the size of a pack of playing cards, the $20,000 PCD can prevent cardiac arrest in people with abnormally fast heartbeats. It electronically senses whether to gently pace, moderately jolt, or rudely shock the heart back to normal rhythm. Says Medtronic CEO William W. George: "Simply stated, it's a computer in the heart."

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