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ICD Heart Failure Treatments VAD California Boston Scientific

Three weeks after delivering her first child, Amanda began to suffer from extreme fatigue, headaches, a tight chest and stomach pain. An initial diagnosis of pneumonia changed for the worse:...

Interim results from The Chocolate Bar Registry conducted in the United States demonstrate that use of the Chocolate PTA balloon achieved high rates of treatment success and limb preservation in...

April 23, 2014 — Vital Images, a Toshiba Medical Systems Group company, is experiencing a significant increased demand for its VitreaView universal viewer as healthcare leaders seek opportunities...

April 23, 2014 — The PROCEED II heart transplant U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pivotal trial results using the Organ Care System (OCS) Heart platform were announced at the International...

April 23, 2014 — Xeltis announced it finished enrollment in a five-patient feasibility study of implantable products intended to enable for the first time the spontaneous growth of natural,...

April 23, 2014 — Philips Healthcare has completed its first field study for its Minicare handheld cardiac Troponin-I (cTn-I) blood test, demonstrating the platform’s potential to produce...

Corevalve, FDA, Edwards, TAVR, TAVI, lawsuit, injunction

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request from Medtronic Inc. to postpone the implementation of an injunction that would have prevented the company from selling its CoreValve System...

 Loyola University Medical Center is now offering patients the most advanced positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scanner on the market.

FDA Clearnace Volcano Corp. iFR Modality FFR Catheter Cath Lab

Volcano Corp. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of its proprietary Instant Wave-Free Ratio (iFR) modality.

April 21, 2014 — Decision Resources Group announced in a report that Servier's ivabradine (procoralan) is set to become the clinical gold standard in the treatment of chronic heart failure (...

April 21, 2014 — Cardiologists and cancer experts at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan have joined forces to establish its first cardio-oncology clinic at the Tisch Cancer...

First U.S. Patient MRI Scan Clinical Study MRI-Compatible Pacemaker Accent MRI

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., is the first hospital in the nation to conduct a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of a patient implanted with a new MRI-compatible...

Treatment options for high-risk heart patients with severely calcified coronary artery disease (CAD) have been limited for more than 20 years. Now, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH)...

Tendyne Holdings Inc. has secured $25 million in an oversubscribed Series C financing led by Apple Tree Partners, along with Boulle Group members and other existing investors. 

Cytori Stem Cell Therapy Heart Failure Treatments PRECISE Trial

Cytori Therapeutics announced publication of safety and efficacy data from a 36 month European clinical trial of Cytori Cell Therapy in patients with chronic ischemic heart failure. 

April 18, 2014 — New research presented at the 34th annual meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) demonstrated the CorMatrix particulate extracellular...

April 18, 2014 — A University of California, San Diego scientist has developed a new biomaterial that could potentially treat heart attacks. Karen Christman, Ph.D., associate professor of...

April 18, 2014 — AliveCor announced the online publication of study results of the SEARCH-AF study. The SEARCH-AF study, conducted in Australia, screened 1,000 customers over 65 years old for...

Medtronic announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded indication for biventricular (BiV) pacing with Medtronic cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemakers and -...

The webinar will focus on implementation of different strategies to help clinicians reduce radiation exposure during interventional cardiology procedures, both for patient and operators. It will...

Toshiba CT Systems U.S. Department of Defense Security Guidelines

Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. received approval to operate (ATO) with the U.S. Air Force, making Toshiba the only current manufacturer to have a fully certified computed tomography (CT...

Data presented from two meta-analyses using the Atherotech Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) lipid panel showed the impact high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and remnant lipoprotein (RLP)...

ACC 14 Clinical Trial Women Diet Drinks Cardiovascular Problem Mortality

Healthy postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular problems, according to research to be presented at...

April 16, 2014 — Covidien announced it has notified customers of a voluntary recall to address an issue with certain lots of its Pipeline embolization device and Alligator retrieval device, where...

April 16, 2014 — Abbott announced it has completed enrollment of three clinical trials to support approvals of the company's Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) in the United States,...

Biotronik Iforia ICD ProMRI Clinical Trail U.S.

Biotronik announced that the first patients across the United States have received implants of the new Iforia implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs).

IN.PACT Drug-eluting Balloon Angioplasty IN.PACT SFA Clinical Trial

Patients with peripheral artery disease in the upper leg experienced significantly better outcomes at 12 months after treatment with the IN.PACT Admiral drug-coated balloon from Medtronic Inc....

Corevalve beats surgery, ACC 2014, TAVR vs surgery, Edwards lawsuit

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) system in the United...

April 15, 2014 — The Spectranetics Corp. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of two new mechanical lead extraction platforms that expand physicians' options for the safe...

April 15, 2014 — NEC Display Solutions of America announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) market clearance of the 30-inch MultiSync MD302C4 LCD, a widescreen display for...

Revolution CT, computed tomography, 256 slice CT, GE Healthcare

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) market clearance for the GE Healthcare Revolution computed tomography (CT) system. The 256-slice CT system offers technology that...

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. highlighted an integrated Synapse portfolio that allows cardiologists and clinical professionals to enhance patient care through optimized productivity at the...

Roughly one out of three children screened for high cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 has borderline or high cholesterol, potentially placing them at greater risk for future cardiovascular...

April 14, 2014 — CardiacAssist announced it has received a Class 4 medical device license for its TandemHeart system from Health Canada. The TandemHeart system is now licensed to provide up to 10...

April 14, 2014 — Biotronik recently announced CE approval for its new Eluna pacemaker series. The new generation of pacemakers includes single- and dual-chamber as well as cardiac...

April 11, 2014 — Calgary Scientific Inc. announced their latest Class II clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Its enterprise image-viewing solution, ResolutionMD, is now...

April 11, 2014 — Medtronic announced CE mark and European launch of the Evera MRI SureScan implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) system, the first and only ICD system approved for...

April 11, 2014 — Boston Scientific Corp. has expanded the launch of its S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) system into parts of Asia. The first implant of the S-ICD...

Cardiologists at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children performed Florida’s first pediatric implant of a new device to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

 Mitralign Inc. has completed enrollment in a study in Europe investigating its lead device, the Mitralign System, in patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR).

April 10, 2014 — CardioKinetix Inc. announced results of a pooled analysis study of the catheter-based Parachute ventricular partitioning device. Twelve-month clinical results from 111...

April 10, 2014 — The 2014 Guideline for the Management of Patients With Atrial Fibrillation includes recommendations for an increased use of radio frequency (RF) ablation in the treatment of non-...

April 10, 2014 — Patients presenting to the emergency department with an undetectable level of the blood biomarker high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, and whose ECGs (electrocardiograms) show no...

April 10, 2014 — The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart found the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a...

Cardiac Ultrasound Blood Clots Heart Brain ACC.14

A study with a new ultrasonic scanning technique shows that scanning of the carotid arteries can reveal who is at high risk of being hit by a blood clot. 

LipoScience Inc. announced data showing that patients managed to a target LDL particle (LDL-P) number, as measured by LipoScience's NMR LipoProfile test, achieved a 22 to 25 percent greater...

GE Healthcare Q.Clear Technology PET/CT Systems Nuclear Imaging

GE Healthcare received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Q.Clear technology, which is designed to provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy...

Cardinal Health AccessClosure Acquisition Vascular Closure Devices Cath Lab

Cardinal Health announced an agreement to acquire privately held AccessClosure Inc. for $320 million. 

SCAI ACC.14 Choosing Wisely Campaign Tests Treatments to Avoid Cath Lab

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) issued a list of five specific, evidence-based recommendations that should be avoided in the care of patients who have, or are...

Philips CT, cardiac CTA, calcium scoring, ACC.14

Coronary artery calcium scoring, a test that measures the amount and pattern of calcium that has accumulated in a patient’s coronary arteries, appears to provide an early indication of a person’s...

Philips Healthcare presented new imaging and informatics solutions at the American College of Cardiology Conference (ACC) Annual Meeting. 

GE Healthcare showcased a new suite of connected cardiovascular technologies, including several for advanced imaging and new software capabilities, at ACC 2014. New innovations included advances...

ICD, MADIT-CRT trial, long-term followup, ACC.14

Patients in mild heart failure who receive a cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) device may live longer than those implanted with a traditional implantable...

I had become accustomed to making the necessary tradeoffs when choosing the appropriate defibrillator for my patients and until recently thought that these choices were ones that I would always...

Merge, CVIS, cardiac PACS

Patients do not have to be the only beneficiaries of technological innovation. Indeed, many technological hardware and software solutions are emerging to help cardiac care providers negotiate...

Congress recently passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which requires use of appropriate use criteria (AUC) and clinical decision support (CDS) software to get Medicare...

In a comparison of two blood-thinning medications, heparin was associated with significantly fewer major cardiovascular events at 28 days than bivalirudin in patients receiving primary...

Epsilon Imaging EchoInsight Cardio Oncology Echo Cardiac Ultrasound

Epsilon Imaging Inc. has expanded its EchoInsight automated measurement suite for improved analysis and interpretation in echo.

April 7, 2014 — A first-ever randomized head-to-head comparison of two devices commonly used to treat aortic stenosis finds balloon-expandable transcatheter valves (such as the Edwards Sapien)...

April 7, 2014 — Strategies aimed at reducing the number of patients with heart failure and other cardiovascular conditions who find themselves back in the hospital after discharge were identified...

Medtronic, SYMPLICITY, SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial, renal denervation, ACC.14

A major disappointment earlier this year was the announcement by Medtronic that its renal denervation system failed to meet its primary endpoint for efficacy in the U.S. SYMPLICITY HTN-3 trial....

Iodixanol Iopamidol Contrast Media Peripheral Arteriography ACC.14 Clinical Stud

GE Healthcare announced results from a new clinical study, which showed that patients receiving iodixanol (Visipaque) 320mg I/ml reported less discomfort, characterized by heat or cold sensation...

Biolimus Everolimus Stent Clinical Trial ACC.14

A new stent covered with biodegradable coating continues to show statistical equivalence to Japan’s market leader in cumulative second-year data and subgroup analyses, according to research from...

April 3, 2014 — The new app-driven Seer 1000 Holter recorder from GE Healthcare utilizes new technology to simplify Holter monitor management.

April 3, 2014 — Siemens Healthcare announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Cios Alpha, a new mobile C-arm system with flat-panel detector that boasts a power output...

April 2, 2014 — At the 2014 annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), GE Healthcare introduced a new version of its Muse ECG (electrocardiograph) management system...

Corevalve beats surgery, ACC 2014, TAVR vs surgery

The key trial presented at the 2014 American College of Cardiology (ACC) that will likely be the one attendees will remember “they were there for” in the years to come was data showing...

April 2, 2014 — At the 63rd annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Esaote premiered its new CrystaLine imaging technology that improves ultrasound’s diagnostic...

Statins are associated with a significant improvement in erectile function, a fact researchers hope will encourage men who need statins to reduce their risk of heart attack to take them, according...

Acist RXi Rapid Exchange FFR System April 2014 ACC.14

Acist Medical Systems Inc. announced at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C., the global introduction of the new Acist|RXi Rapid Exchange...

April 1, 2014 — Citing accelerating healthcare costs and finite resources, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) announced they will begin incorporating...

April 1, 2014 — Medtronic Inc. announced the one-year results of the Melody transcatheter pulmonary valve (TPV) U.S. post-approval study, which found that real-world use of the Melody TPV was...

April 1, 2014 — GE Healthcare introduced the new Mac 2000 resting ECG (electrocardiography) system.

AccessClosure Next-Generation Vascular Closure Device ACC.14 March 2014

AccessClosure Inc. commercially launched itsMynx Ace vascular closure device, a safe and secure vascular closure product that provides consistent results with a new, easy-to-use deployment system...

The Senate passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) March 31, in a vote of 64 to 35.