710 Medtronic Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55432-5603
Medtronic is a leading medical technology company specializing in implantable and invasive therapies. The founder of the company invented the first wearable, battery-powered cardiac pacemaker in 1957 and today Medtronic is a world leader in new heart pacing technologies. Pacemakers are implanted in the chest and send electrical impulses to the heart when the body’s natural pacemaker is not working properly. In addition to providing pacemakers and other pacing technologies to patients, Medtronic makes medical devices to treat vascular conditions such as restenosis (the reclosing of an artery following heart surgery), stroke, and abdominal aortic aneurysms (a balloon-like enlargement of the aorta due to the pressure of blood flowing through a weakened area). The company is also pioneering less invasive and traumatic means of performing cardiac surgery. Medtronic’s neurological business focuses on developing new treatments for chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Huntington’s disease and epilepsy. The company invests more than 11 percent of its sales in research and development of new technologies.