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Pacemaker And Defibrillator Patients Adhering To Remote Monitoring With St. Jude Medical's Merlin Technology Saw More Than Double Survival Rate

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St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ), a global medical device company, announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society’s Annual Scientific Sessions, found an association between adherence to remote monitoring with the St. Jude Medical Merlin™ Remote Monitoring System and a reduction in patient mortality. Results from more than 260,000 patients implanted with either pacemakers or defibrillators demonstrated that patients with high adherence to remote monitoring had more than twice (2.4x) the probability of survival than that of patients without remote monitoring.

The prospective, observational study of U.S. patients also found that the greater adherence to remote monitoring, the better the patient fared. Patients with high adherence to remote monitoring – measured as weekly transmission of patient data from the Merlin@Home System to the Merlin.net™ Patient Care Network at least 75 percent of the time – overall had a 58 percent reduced likelihood of mortality than patients not using remote monitoring and a 35 percent reduced likelihood of mortality than patients with low remote monitoring. Though there was geographic variability, socioeconomic factors were not associated with remote monitoring use.

“This study is the first of its kind to find increased survival when remote monitoring is utilized in pacemaker patients,” said Dr. Suneet Mittal, director of EP at the Valley Hospital Health System of NY and NJ. “Furthermore, our data suggest that, irrespective of whether a patient has a pacemaker or defibrillator, higher use of remote monitoring is associated with better survival. Although these associations require further investigation, these important observations should have significant implications for individual patient care and best-practice guidelines.”

All St. Jude Medical FDA-approved implantable cardiac devices capable of radiofrequency (RF) remote monitoring were included in the study, which had a cohort of 262,564. This is the largest study to-date of remote monitoring pacemaker patients, and one of the largest for remote monitoring overall.

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