St Jude Medical Launches SyncAV CRT Technology in Japan





St. Jude Medical Japan Co. Ltd a global medical device company announced the launch of SyncAV™ CRT software, designed to further optimize St. Jude Medical’s comprehensive cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) portfolio. The SyncAV CRT software algorithm is designed to function independently to address and effectively treat heart failure patients, some of whom are not responsive to other pacing options.
 
The St. Jude Medical SyncAV technology, which automatically adjusts pacing based on real-time changes in a patient’s cardiac condition, also provides physicians the opportunity to further improve treatment of patients who have responded positively to traditional CRT. By allowing physicians to activate SyncAV CRT independently, the software provides physicians additional options to individually optimize CRT settings for their heart failure patients, many of whom have resynchronization needs that can vary widely depending on their disease. SyncAV™ technology is compatible with existing Quadra Assura CRT-D and Allure Quadra CRT-P which have already been MRI conditional.
 
“We have made great improvements in how we are managing heart failure patients, but certain patients still do not get the desired outcomes from traditional CRT. The new SyncAV CRT algorithm individualizes programming to treat patients with the right settings at the right time to offer the best possible outcome for even our most complex patients,” said Dr. Takeshi MITSUHASHI, Saitama Medical Center Jichi Medical University, Saitama, Japan. “This technology offers patients who are not responding to therapy additional options for treatment with the goal of ultimately improving outcomes.”
 
For patients suffering from heart failure, CRT technology resynchronizes the lower chambers (ventricles) of the heart by sending uniquely programmed electrical impulses to stimulate each ventricle to beat in sync to offer improved cardiac performance. St. Jude Medical has introduced innovative solutions to enhance its CRT product portfolio to improve the care of the approximately 23 million  people worldwide afflicted with congestive heart failure. While studies have shown that CRT can improve outcomes and the quality of life  for many patients with heart failure, some patients do not respond optimally to traditional CRT, leaving physicians with limited options to improve their clinical outcomes for their patients. The latest heart failure offerings by St. Jude Medical will provide physicians and patients additional options that can help maximize the therapeutic effects of CRT.
 
“St. Jude Medical remains dedicated to continued leadership in heart failure management, helping physicians to manage some of their most complex patients. SyncAV CRT technology is another important advance that can help physicians manage their patients,” said Dr. Mark Carlson, vice president of global clinical affairs and chief medical officer at St. Jude Medical.
 
Clinical Research at Scientific Sessions
Recent clinical research has helped confirm benefits to physicians deploying St. Jude Medical’s SyncAV CRT technology. New research presented at CARDIOSTIM-EHRA EUROPACE 2016 confirmed that optimized CRT settings can vary widely among patients, but that SyncAV can support the individualization needed to help physicians optimize electrical resynchronization.
 
St. Jude Medical developed and launched the industry’s first quadripolar pacing system in 2009 featuring four pacing electrodes, offering physicians the ability to effectively and efficiently manage the ever-changing needs of patients with heart failure. The Quartet LV lead design allows the physician to implant the lead in the most stable position without making trade-offs in electrical performance; this has also been demonstrated to reduce the likelihood of costly and invasive lead revision through a second intervention procedure.
 
About St. Jude Medical’s Heart Failure Business
St. Jude Medical is pioneering heart failure  disease management with innovative solutions like the CardioMEMS™ HF System, ground-breaking quadripolar technology and, in select European markets, the HeartMate 3™ left ventricular assist system and our first-to-market MultiPoint™ Pacing technology. St. Jude Medical collaborates with heart failure specialists, clinicians and advocacy partners to provide a comprehensive product portfolio that includes innovative, cost-effective solutions that help reduce hospitalizations and improve patient quality of life for heart failure patients around the world.
 
About St. Jude Medical
St. Jude Medical is a leading global medical device manufacturer and is dedicated to transforming the treatment of some of the world’s most expensive epidemic diseases. The company does this by developing cost-effective medical technologies that save and improve lives of patients around the world. Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has five major areas of focus that include heart failure, atrial fibrillation, neuromodulation, traditional cardiac rhythm management, and cardiovascular.