There's a great picture comparing the size of implantable defibrillators for the management of ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure (and a nice article on the not-so-new wireless telemetry features) over at the New York Times today.
Here's the question:
If you needed a new defibrillator and assuming all implantable devices had identicle capabilities, which would you rather have: (1) a wide and thin device (a la the "Cognis 100-D" device of Boston Scientific's), or (2) a thicker and slightly narrower device (sported by Medtronic's Consulta CRT-D and St. Jude's EPIC-HF devices)?Go ahead and place your vote in the comments section.
For fairness, here's a side view of the three devices arranged left-to-right as in the prior picture:
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Left: St. Jude; Middle: Boston Scientific; Right: Medtronic
(Industry reps needn't vote. Thanks.)