Sorin Group Announces European Release of the 8 cc Esprit Pacemaker Family


April 3, 2009

April 3, 2009 - Sorin Group today announced CE mark certification and market release of the ESPRIT pacemaker family in Europe, which the company says is the world’s smallest pacemaker at 8cc.

Featuring a set of algorithms designed to help patient safety and delivering proven pacing therapies, ESPRIT follows REPLY pacemaker launched in Europe in 2007, with a simplified user interface and SmartCheck for faster follow-ups.

The ESPRIT includes a host of algorithms designed for patient safety, including continuous lead impedance measurements to monitor the integrity of the lead, automatic adjustment of atrial and ventricular sensing, and ventricular auto-threshold to automatically adjust pacing output in case of changing thresholds, thereby enhancing the performance and longevity of the device.

ESPRIT includes Dplus, an automatic AV hysteresis algorithm designed to reduce right ventricular pacing. Unnecessary RV pacing has been shown to increase the risk of atrial fibrillation and heart failure hospitalization, the company said. ESPRIT also features SmartCheck, a tool designed for simplified device checks, which automates follow up tests at the click of a button.

The first ESPRIT pacemaker was implanted by Dr. Jonas Hörnsten, M.D., at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, site of the world’s first pacemaker implant in 1958.

“The small size is impressive and for me that matters,” Dr. Hörnsten said. “SmartCheck is a very attractive feature and saves a lot of time. I'm very satisfied with Sorin products and support.”

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