Medtronic is a global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells various medical devices and therapies. The company is based in Dublin, Ireland, and was founded in 1949. Medtronic’s products include pacemakers, defibrillators, spinal and neurostimulation devices, diabetes management products, and more.
The company operates in over 150 countries and employs over 90,000 people worldwide. Medtronic is considered one of the largest medical device companies in the world.
Medtronic has a strong reputation for quality, safety, and reliability and has been recognized for its corporate responsibility, sustainability, and ethical practices. The company is constantly seeking to improve and adapt to the ever-changing medical landscape, and it continues to invest in research and development to bring new treatments and therapies to patients around the world.
Medtronic Medical Devices
1 – CoreValve™
CoreValve™ is a brand of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device manufactured by Medtronic, which is used to treat aortic stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve becomes narrowed and does not open fully, resulting in reduced blood flow to the body. The CoreValve™ device is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery, which is typically used to replace a narrowed aortic valve.
The device is delivered to the heart via a catheter inserted through a small incision in the groin or chest. Once in place, the CoreValve™ device is expanded, replacing the patient’s diseased valve. The device is made of a self-expanding nitinol frame and a pericardial tissue valve, designed to mimic the function of the patient’s valve.
One of the benefits of CoreValve™ is that it can be used in patients who are not candidates for open-heart surgery due to advanced age or other comorbidities. It also has a shorter recovery time compared to open-heart surgery.
The CoreValve™ system has been used in thousands of patients worldwide and is safe and effective in multiple clinical trials.
2 – Evolut™ R
Evolut™ R is a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) device manufactured by Medtronic. It is used to treat aortic stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve becomes narrowed and does not open fully, resulting in reduced blood flow to the body. The Evolut™ R is a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery and is designed to replace the patient’s diseased valve with a new, artificial valve.
The Evolut™ R device is delivered to the heart via a catheter inserted through a small incision in the groin or chest. Once in place, the device is expanded, replacing the patient’s diseased valve. The valve is made of a combination of pericardium and polyester, designed to mimic the function of the patient’s valve.
One of the benefits of the Evolut™ R is its unique design, which allows for a larger valve opening, providing more blood flow to the body. It also has a unique sealing mechanism to reduce the risk of paravalvular leak, a common complication of TAVR.
The Evolut™ R system has received FDA approval for commercial use in the United States and is currently used in thousands of patients worldwide. It is important to note that TAVR is not suitable for everyone, and a team should decide to use this device with healthcare professionals in consultation with the patient.
3 – Micra®
Micra® is a transcatheter pacing system (TPS) developed by Medtronic. It is a small, leadless pacemaker that is placed directly into the right ventricle of the heart via a catheter. A pacemaker is a medical device that sends electrical impulses to the heart to help it beat at a normal rate.
The Micra® TPS is designed to be a minimally invasive alternative to traditional transvenous pacemakers. Unlike traditional pacemakers, the Micra® does not require leads (thin wires) to be placed in the heart of a generator to be implanted under the skin. This reduces the risk of complications associated with leads and eliminates the need for a surgical pocket, making the recovery process faster.