Boston Scientific Announces Canadian Approval for New Devices to Treat Heart Failure and Sudden Cardiac Death



    NATICK, Mass., Oct. 24 /CNW/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:   BSX)
today announced regulatory approval in Canada for its COGNIS(TM) cardiac
resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and TELIGEN(TM) implantable
cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).  These devices represent entirely new
platforms to treat heart failure and sudden cardiac death and are the result
of a multi-year research and development effort to provide physicians enhanced
clinical options for their patients.
    When choosing a high-energy device, physicians often must make trade-offs
among device size, battery longevity and features.  The COGNIS CRT-D and the
TELIGEN ICD are designed to eliminate those compromises.  They are the world's
smallest and thinnest high-energy devices at 32.5 cc and 31.5 cc respectively,
while less than 10 mm thick.  Both devices offer innovative features based on
significant engineering advances, including extended battery longevity,
self-correcting software and improved programming technology.
    "Our CRM team is clearly focused on delivering therapy systems that meet
clinician needs for safety, reliability and better patient outcomes," said
Fred Colen, President, Boston Scientific Cardiac Rhythm Management.  "We are
very pleased with the positive customer response to COGNIS and TELIGEN since
the U.S. launch in August and look forward to a successful launch in Canada."

    
    Key features of the COGNIS CRT-D include:

    -- SmartDelay(TM): quickly proposes programmable device settings, which
       enables physicians to tailor individualized pacing therapy for their
       patients
    -- Bi-V Trigger: helps physicians manage heart failure patients with
       frequent atrial arrhythmias
    -- Electronic Repositioning(TM): provides physicians with six
       configurations for stimulating the left side of the heart even after
       implant, which may help avoid an additional surgical procedure

    Key features of the TELIGEN ICD include:

    -- Thinnest device available in the world, designed with patient comfort
       in mind
    -- Reverse Mode Switch(TM): designed to eliminate unnecessary ventricular
       pacing
    -- Quick Convert(TM): provides the ability for patients to receive pacing
       therapy for ventricular tachycardias
    

    Both COGNIS and TELIGEN also offer SafetyCore(TM), a feature that in the
unlikely event of a system error provides lifesaving shock therapy and basic
pacing functionality.
    Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of
medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional
medical specialties.  For more information, please visit:
http://www.bostonscientific.com.

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    CONTACT:  Paul Donovan
              508-650-8541 (office)
              508-667-5165 (mobile)
              Media Relations
              Boston Scientific Corporation

              Larry Neumann
              508-650-8696 (office)
              Investor Relations
              Boston Scientific Corporation

    




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(office) or +1-508-667-5165 (mobile), or Investor Relations, Larry Neumann,
+1-508-650-8696, both of Boston Scientific Corporation; Web Site:
http://www.bostonscientific.com

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