July 9, 2005

For Immediate Release

Shakeout Underway in Resynchronization Device Market, According to July 2005 Issue of MedMarkets from MedMarket Diligence, LLC

FOOTHILL RANCH, CA The market for implantable cardioverter defibrillators is a growing industry, driven by an increase in the numbers of patients needing resynchronization therapy, primarily due to aging.  And yet, not all is rosy in the ICD industry as manufacturers struggle with product failures.

Recent coverage of the recalls of seven different implantable cardioverter defibrillators by Guidant has had ramifications for the market, including gains by competitors Medtronic and St. Jude Medical, and changes to the terms of Guidant's pending acquisition by J&J.

The July 2005 issue of MedMarkets reviews the status of the resynchronization device market -- its current and emerging competitors, the status of competitors' products and the future of this market.

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