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FIRST OPTIMIZER SYSTEM IMPLANTED IN MICHIGAN

June 21, 2006
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Randy Lieberman, director of cardiac electrophysiology at Harper University Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, has successfully implanted a new investigational cardiac medical device for the treatment of heart failure -- the first of its kind to be performed in the state of Michigan.

The pacemaker-like device, called the Optimizer System, is a pulse generator designed to deliver electrical impulses to the heart for the treatment of moderate-to-severe heart failure. The device is the focus of a national multicenter clinical trial to investigate its safety and effectiveness. Impulse Dynamics, a specialty medical device company located in New York, manufactures the device.