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October 20, 2010 – New study results show that patients undergoing cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) implantation had a 99.5 percent rate of successful implantation with an overall...

October 15, 2010 – Medtronic has entered into a $268 million settlement relating to its Sprint Fidelis family of defibrillation leads.

October 6, 2010 – Physicians have prescribed more than 30,000 wearable defibrillator vests for patients at high risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The LifeVest Wearable Defibrillator, by Zoll...

October 5, 2010 – Data from a prospective study show physicians may benefit from knowing complication rates associated with pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) generator...

October 4, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee voted 9 to 0 in favor of approving dabigatran etexilate for stroke prevention in...

October 4, 2010 – Long-term data from a clinical trial studying the benefits of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy have been published in Circulation.

September 29, 2010 – A prospective study found that an implantable cardiac monitor detected arrhythmias in patients who had suffered a heart attack.

September 28, 2010 - Software downloaded during a routine office visit cuts the risk of inappropriate shocks by 50 percent for patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD),...

September 17, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today expanded the indication for three cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D) to all classes of heart failure...

September 14, 2010 –To support proactive patient care for those at risk for worsening heart failure, Medtronic this week introduced the CareLink Network for Heart Failure. The remote monitoring...

September 8, 2010 – Total complications for new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implants (including death in the laboratory) have decreased from 3.77 percent in 2006 to 2.87 percent...

September 7, 2010 - With increasing rates of patients with atrial fibrillation program suffering from severe strokes, medical associations fear an epidemic. New developments in minimally invasive...

August 30, 2010 - A system was released in Japan last week that helps guide treatment of cardiac arrhythmias by creating a 3-D cardiac map and model based on the information from electrophysiology...

August 20, 2010 – Health Canada granted market approval for the Medtronic Ablation Frontiers Cardiac Ablation System, a radiofrequency (RF) ablation system to treat atrial fibrillation (AF).

August 19, 2010 – Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have developed a novel 3-D imaging approach that may improve the accuracy of treatment for ventricular...

July 30, 2010 – A cardiac patient remote monitoring solution that feeds live information to smart phones was cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The software includes...

July 27, 2010 – Results of the largest U.S. outpatient heart failure clinical study show that implementation of a process improvement program significantly improved adherence to evidence-based,...

July 20, 2010 – The final results of the landmark TRUST Trial (Lumax-T/Lumos-T Safely RedUceS RouTine Office Device Follow-up), which show wireless remote monitoring of implantable cardiac devices...

July 16, 2010 – Use of anatomically designed catheters reduces lab time by more than one-third compared to traditional point-by-point focal ablation procedures for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI),...

July 16, 2010 – Biosense Webster Inc.

July 13, 2010 – A new meta-analysis of five implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) studies shows a smaller impact of sudden cardiac death (SCD) on overall mortality in women.

July 8, 2010 – A new consensus statement released recently by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) offers guidance for managing cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) in patients nearing...

July 8, 2010 – Boston Scientific Corp. today announced enrollment of the first patient in its MultiSENSE clinical trial, which the company plans to use to develop a clinical alert identifying the...

June 24, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a new catheter and software for treating cardiac arrythmias. Biosense Webster Inc. announced yesterday that the FDA has...

June 24, 2010 – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this week that it has given a $2.2 million grant to fund new treatment technology for atrial fibrillation (AF). The grant will...

June 22, 2010 – Data from the FAST-PVI study, supported by Medtronic Inc., shows lab time using anatomically designed ablation catheters are more than one-third faster than traditional point-by-...

June 21, 2010 – MADIT-CRT trial data shows women receive greater clinical benefit from cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) than men, Boston Scientific Corp. announced last...

June 17, 2010 – The EnSite Contact Technology platform has received European CE Mark approval, St. Jude Medical Inc. announced today at the 17th World Congress in Cardiac Electrophysiology and...

June 17, 2010 – The Protecta portfolio of defibrillators will soon be available in Europe. Medtronic Inc. today announced the European launch of the Protecta portfolio of implantable cardioverter-...

June 1, 2010 – A quadripolar pacing system was recently released in Europe and offers physicians the ability to more effectively manage the ever-changing pacing needs of patients with heart...

May 17, 2010 – The first clinical cases using an irrigated ablation catheter were recently completed in the European Union, following recent CE Mark approval. The Thermocool SF irrigated ablation...

May 17, 2010 – New STOP AF (Sustained Treatment of Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation) clinical trial data showing the number of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) patients reporting AF symptoms...

May 14, 2010 – New evidence demonstrates key shock-reduction programming strategies significantly reduced implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy...

May 13, 2010 – An easy-to-wear, single-use, continuous ambulatory cardiac rhythm monitor yields high-quality diagnostic information, while providing greater patient comfort and improved compliance...

May 13, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a small pacemaker with integrated, wireless, remote monitoring capabilities. The Evia pacemaker is 20 percent smaller than...

May 13, 2010 – An integrated, break-away hemostasis valve is integrated into a new lead delivery system is designed to minimize blood loss and allow for easier implantation. The U.S.

May 13, 2010 – A new simulation system to augment traditional procedural training for physicians on laser-assisted lead extraction procedures permits hands-on practice with extraction tools in a...

May 12, 2010 – The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) today cleared the AnalyST implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) with ST-monitoring in Japan. The device continuously...

May 12, 2010 – A new feature of a magnetic navigation platform facilitates remote manipulation of diagnostic devices used during electrophysiology (EP) procedures. Stereotaxis Inc. is introducing...

May 11, 2010 – A cellular accessory has been added to an implantable cardiac device remote monitoring system to make it easier for patients to securely send information to their physicians. The...

May 11, 2010 – A wireless USB adaptor allows patients with implantable cardiac devices to stay connected with physicians without the need for a standard landline phone connection. Today St. Jude...

May 5, 2010 – Catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) is one of the fastest growing electrophysiology (EP) procedures, but requires the delivery of robust lesions for clinical success....

April 28, 2010 — The U.S. District Court in Minnesota this week declined to accept the plea agreement between Guidant and the U.S. Justice Department related to its failure to report adverse...

April 27, 2010 – New findings confirm atrial fibrillation (AF) is independently associated with the risk of all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s and other senile and vascular dementia...

April 14, 2010 – An antibacterial wrap for implanted pacemakers and defibrillators released this week is designed to provide protection against infections. The AigisRx Flat delivers the...

April 7, 2010 – A medical manufacturer pleaded guilty Monday to criminal violations for improper reporting of short-circuit failures of three models of its implantable cardioverter defibrillators...

March 31, 2010 - The number of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans performed increases each year, as does the number of people with implanted cardiac devices.

March 26, 2010 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) recently announced a new collaboration to build and deliver innovative programs and resources for...

February 22, 2010 – The session “The Future is Now: Changing Paradigms in Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Management,” will take place 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 13 in Atlanta, Ga., in room A301,...

February 8, 2010 – Partnering with leading implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) and pacemaker manufacturers, ScottCare Corp. has consolidated device information into one common platform...

February 8, 2010 – The FDA cleared the Sorin Paradym CRT Model 8750, a cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), which features a new battery technology that delivers 37 joules, one...

January 15, 2010 – The U.S. Patent Office this week issued a patent for the wireless transmission system used by the CardioBip remote monitor, which generates recordings equivalent in quality with...

January 2, 2010 – The FDA cleared the Celsius RMT ThermoCool ablation catheter for use with Stereotaxis' magnetic navigation system in the treatment of type 1 atrial flutter.

January 6, 2010 – The FDA, in collaboration with major implantable pacemaker and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) manufacturers, demonstrated the effects of emissions from radio...

December 24, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Justice and Boston Scientific Corp. yesterday entered into a civil settlement regarding an investigation of post-market surveys conducted by Guidant Corp...

The incidence of cardiac arrhythmia is expected to increase significantly with an aging U.S. population and rising rates of obesity. In 2008, atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common complex...

November 9, 2009 – Boston Scientific Corp. today announced the launch of its COGNIS cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) and the TELIGEN implantable cardioverter defibrillator (...

November 9, 2009 – Boston Scientific Corp. said Friday it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) related to product advisories issued by its Guidant subsidiary...

November 4, 2009 — BIOTRONIK Inc. this week announced the results from site preparation, antibiotic use and infection sub-analysis from the REPLACE Registry.

October 16, 2009 – BIOTRONIK yesterday said it recently received the Industry’s first European CE Mark approval so BIOTRONIK Home Monitoring can replace in-hospital device follow-up visits.

October 15, 2009 – Biosense Webster Inc. said today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the CARTO 3 System, an advanced 3D imaging technology for use by electrophysiologists in treating...

October 8, 2009 – Boston Scientific Corp. this week announced its exclusive sponsorship and first enrollments of the MADIT-RIT clinical trial, which will determine the best device programming...

October 6, 2009 – New research shows magnetic interference from portable headphones has a clinically significant impact on the function of life-saving devices, according to a new study published...

October 5, 2009 – A reduction in stroke was observed in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who received dronedarone (MULTAQ), according to a recent study published online in Circulation – “...

October 2, 2009 – CardioComm Solutions Inc. said yesterday it added the company’s wireless ECG management system to its suite of GEMS (Global ECG Management System) products. GEMS Air builds on...

September 28, 2009 – Sanofi-aventis announced last week the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) has adopted a positive opinion...

September 18, 2009 – Physicians at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York became the first in the U.S. to ablate atrial fibrillation (AF) using a visually-guided laser balloon catheter.

September 15, 2009 – St. Jude Medical Inc. said yesterday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared and U.S. launch of the EnSite Velocity Cardiac Mapping System, which is designed to...

September 3, 2009 – ZOLL Medical Corp. received approval from the FDA to market and sell a new model of the LifeVest wearable defibrillator.

September 3, 2009 – Boston Scientific Corp. said Tuesday long-term data from the Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death II registry (PreSCD II) found that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs...

September 1, 2009 – St. Jude Medical Inc. today announced European launch of the next generation version 4.0 of its Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN), a secure, Internet-based remote care...

August 11, 2009 – New research reveals T-wave morphology parameters contain predictive value for mortality in the general population, independent of other clinical risk factors, according to a...

July 29, 2009 – Transoma Medical Inc., manufacturer of Sleuth AT wireless implantable cardiac monitoring system, today announced the first patient enrollment and implant in a long-term study to...

Jul y 21, 2009 – St. Jude Medical Inc. today said the FDA cleared its Accent RF pacemaker and Anthem RF CRT-P (cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker). The company also announced FDA and...

July 20, 2009 - ATS Medical Inc. today announced the first commercial use of the new ATS CryoMaze 10-S Surgical Cryoablation Probe for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.