Medtronic's itty-bitty pacemaker is implanted directly inside the heart

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Medtronic unveiled the world’s smallest pacemaker.

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raleighmamaDec. 9, 1312:56 PM

Give it five years. They'll discover a "flaw" and the lawsuits will start...

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jimiekDec. 9, 13 1:18 PM

Why no photo?

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william16Dec. 9, 13 2:52 PM

Great news, but 1) story should mention that this device is likely years away from being available in the U.S., given the need for U.S.-specific trials and regulatory approval; 2) showing the device next to a 1 Euro coin (doesn't it look a lot like a car wash token?) is completely unhelpful to U.S. audiences who do not know the size of a 1 Euro coin.

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walshjpDec. 9, 13 3:49 PM

the photo has been changed and a more detailed story is coming.

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mouthwashDec. 9, 13 3:57 PM

Perhaps this tiny Medtronic pacemaker will carry the same type of "success story" as the 'world's smallest guidewires' they've been promoting for a few years now.

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blorangeDec. 9, 13 4:28 PM

What is going on with all of these medical company advertisements masquerading as articles?

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CayshedDec. 9, 13 4:58 PM

An open question to Medtronic (watch this comment get flagged instantly): Seeing as how one-third of your company mission statement is to "relieve pain", what is your official stance on medical marijuana? Loaded questions - for I think that the current absence of said remedy in Minnesota is all we need to know, but I'd love to be wrong.

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cootoriginalDec. 9, 13 6:39 PM

Instead of touting its size, how about how well it works, how reliable it is.

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walshjpDec. 10, 1310:30 AM

I think that is the purpose of the worldwide clinical trial, Coot.

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davehougDec. 10, 1311:49 AM

Kudos to helping patients. Medicine was a lot cheaper when everything a doctor could do for you was carried in a single black bag. But death was also the result of many conditions that today can be found and treated. VIVA expensive medicine :)

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