Structural Heart Occluders

PFO occluder, amplatzer
Feature | Structural Heart Occluders | May 27, 2016 | Dave Fornell
May 27, 2016 — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel recommended approval of a transcatheter patent foramen...
Watchman, left atrial appendage closure, LAA occluder, LAA. LAAO, laa occluder, left atrial appendage, Watchman

The Boston Scientific Watchman device is currently the only transcatheter LAA occluder cleared for use in the United States.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | May 20, 2016 | Dave Fornell
Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects nearly 6 million Americans and the condition puts them at significantly greater risk...
Videos | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 15, 2016
David Holmes, M.D., professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and consultant, Department of Internal...
Watchman, left atrial appendage closure, LAA occluder
Technology | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | February 09, 2016
February 9, 2016 — Boston Scientific Corp. announced the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will cover...
transcatheter repair of a mitral valve paravalvular leak

Transcatheter repair of a surgical mitral replacement paravalvular leak with an Amplatzer Vascular Plug II.

Feature | Heart Valve Technology | February 08, 2016 | Dave Fornell
Off-label use of the St. Jude Amplatzer vascular plug devices offers a new solution for the minimally invasive repair...
Ernest Shackleton, hole in the heart, Endurance 100th anniversary, Ian Calder
News | Structural Heart | January 20, 2016
January 20, 2016 — On the 100th anniversary of the Endurance expedition to Antarctica led by Sir Ernest Shackleton,...
Videos | TCT | November 05, 2015
DAIC Editor Dave Fornell offers his choices for the most innovative new interventional cardiovascular technologies...
RESPECT trial, long-term study results, TCT 2015, PFO closure, recurrent cryptogenic stroke

Image courtesy of GE Healthcare

Feature | Stroke | October 16, 2015
October 16, 2015 — Long-term study results from the RESPECT trial found that closing a patent foramen ovale (PFO) with...
News | Cath Lab | August 26, 2015
August 26, 2014 — The Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) announced the late-breaking trials and first report...
Videos | Structural Heart | June 26, 2015
Interview with Steve Goldstein, M.D., director, noninvasive lab, Medstar Washington Heart Institute, Washington, D.C.,...
Videos | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | June 17, 2015
Role of Interventional Echcardiography in Transcatheter Structural Heart Procedures — Rebecca Hahn, M.D., Columbia...
Videos | Structural Heart | June 17, 2015
Interview with Ted Feldman, M.D., FACC, MSCAI, FESC, cardiac cath lab director, Evanston Hospital, North Shore Health...
Videos | Structural Heart | June 17, 2015
Interview with Charanjit Rihal, M.D., chief of cardiology and professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, at the Transcatheter...
Watchman, LAA, left atrial appendage

The Watchman LAA occluder being implanted in the left atrial appendage via a delivery catheter through a transseptal puncture.

Feature | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | April 30, 2015 | Dave Fornell
The long-awaited U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA...
Boston Scientific, Watchman LAA device, FDA approval
Technology | March 16, 2015
March 16, 2015 — Boston Scientific Corp. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for the Watchman...
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