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Boomers' embrace of devices gives rise to new med-tech age

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[Star Tribune, September 15, 2013] Middle-age Americans, in particular, are driving this trend as they seek ways to remain physically active. The number of patients ages 45 to 64 who had a hip replacement more than doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to a Star Tribune analysis of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The increase was more pronounced for knee replacements, rising 213 percent.

“This is huge,” said Dr. Robert Hauser, a cardiologist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, part of Allina Health, who has studied the safety and effectiveness of heart devices for years. “I think it’s a tremendous step forward, but there are issues that need to be dealt with.”

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