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December 9, 2011 — Maquet announced Thursday it has restructured its U.S. Sales and Services Unit to meet the broader needs of customers across all areas of clinical care. As part of this...

December 9, 2011 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) have released a new performance guideline for heightening the use of...

December 8, 2011 Two new studies report that echocardiography has a central role to play in identifying patients at risk of suffering heart damage from cancer therapies. They also...

December 8, 2011 Speckle training echocardiography (STE) is the subject of two studies being presented at EUROECHO 2011, Dec. 7-10 in Budapest, Hungary. They compare STE, a recent...

After spending a week walking the show floor and meeting with scores of vendors at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2011 annual meeting, the following are my choices for the most...

December 6, 2011 – Findings on coronary CT angiography (CTA), a noninvasive test to assess the coronary arteries for blockages, show different risk scenarios for men and women, according to a...

December 6, 2011 — Kaleida Health, part of the Buffalo Heart Group in Buffalo, N.Y., announced its first implant of the AngelMed Guardian cardiac monitor and alert system Nov. 29. The...

December 6, 2011 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for new diameter sizes of the contralateral leg component of its Excluder...

December 5, 2011 – NASA has signed a patent license agreement that will allow a California company use of NASA-developed technology that could be used to treat hardened arteries in the heart....

November 30, 2011 — Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc., launched the Aplio 500 ultrasound system, enabling clinicians to diagnose using advanced visualization tools. The system is 510(k) cleared...

March 23, 2011 –The fifth in a series of in-depth market studies dedicated to the compact ultrasound market indicates that this segment outpaced the overall ultrasound market in 2010, reaching $...

November 27, 2011 – BRIT Systems, Inc., announced new cardiac imaging enhancements to WebWorks, a 100% browser-based viewer. The new tools for cardiac ultrasound and optional MPR capabilities are...

November 28, 2011 — At RSNA 2011, GE Healthcare unveiled the Discovery IGS 730, the first interventional X-ray system designed to capture the advantages of both floor- and ceiling- mounted systems...

November 28, 2011 – Siemens Healthcare launched the Acuson S3000, its latest ultra-premium ultrasound platform, at the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of...

November 23 2011 – At the 2011 VEITH symposium, Arno von Ristow, M.D., department of vascular and endovascular surgery, Centervasc-Rio & Clinica Sorocaba, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro...

Biodex is introducing its new line of vascular ultrasound tables for vascular and echocardiography imaging during RSNA 2011.

November 23, 2011 – Vascular occlusions are blocked blood vessels caused by a blood clot in an artery. Blocks in the femoral artery are particularly problematic, and vascular surgeons continue to...

November 23, 2011 – Many specialists question whether a permanent inferior vena cava (IVC) filter can be developed where it does not have to be retrieved from the patient.

November 23, 2011 – Medical technology incubator Therix Medical announced the launch of spin-off Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, the flagship product of which is the Surfacer Inside-Out Access...

 

November 23, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed marketing of the first system that can repair a failed or problematic aortic endograft, a fabric tube used to...

November 23, 2011  –Varian Medical Systems will exhibit its PaxScan digital image detectors and new PaxPower X-ray tubes at the MEDICA 2011 International Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany...

November 22, 2011 — The thoracic aorta can pose major problems for endovascular repair when there are tortuous segments. Navigating an endograft through difficult territory can prevent its precise...

November 22, 2011 — The question remains whether patency rates for heparin-bonded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts are better than traditional PTFE bypasses; whether these types of grafts...

November 22, 2011 — The controversial subject of “indiscriminate” stenting to treat asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS) was addressed at the 38th annual VEITH Symposium.

November 21, 2011 — Boston Scientific has reached an exclusive agreement with Catheter Robotics Inc. (CRI) to market the CRI Amigo system, a remote-controlled catheter system and related...

November 21, 2011: Each year, more than 600,000 Americans are stricken with a pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a clot in the lung. Without immediate help, almost half of these individuals may...

November 21, 2011 - Frank J. Veith, M.D., founder and chairman of the VEITH symposium, the William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic and New York University Medical Center...

November 18, 2011 – Boston Scientific’s Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device has been implanted in the first patients in Latin America. The device is designed for use in patients in...

November 18, 2011 – W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the Conformable Gore Tag thoracic...

November 18, 2011 – The first comprehensive report to review timing of treatment for patients with blockages in more than one coronary artery recommends a flexible approach that meets individual...

November 18, 2011 —The Berlin Heart Group announced today that clinical trial data were presented this morning at the “Scientific Sessions 2011” annual meeting of the ...

November 17, 2011 - Medical Simulation Corp. (MSC) launched an easy-to-use, portable, high-fidelity endovascular procedural simulator at TCT 2011. The Compass simulator is small enough to fit in...

Medtronic and Bain Capital, a global private investment firm, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which affiliates of Bain Capital will acquire Physio-Control. The...

Each year I attend Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), I comb the event and its sessions looking for the next big trend or technological innovations in cardiovascular devices. Below...

November 16, 2011 — Non-adherence to antiplatelet therapy – which prevents blood clots following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) – was associated with higher rates of both ischemic and...

November 16, 2011 — The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) issued a response voicing concerns over the implications of a study published this week in the Journal of the American...

November 16, 2011 — Coronary thrombectomy in conjunction with percutaneous coronary intervention improved the rates of ST-segment elevation resolution when compared to a control group but did not...

November 15, 2011 — A two-year study of patients in the landmark PARTNER trial confirms the one-year findings and supports transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as the standard-of-care.

November 15, 2011 — A clinical trial of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and stable angina showed rapid genotyping followed by...

November 15, 2011 – The risk of late stent thrombosis (ST) in the first generation of drug-eluting stents continues for up to seven years after implantation, and certain...

November 15, 2011 – A clinical trial that compared the use of drug-eluting balloons (DEB) and bare metal stents (BMS) to both bare metal stents alone and drug-eluting...

November 15, 2011 – Results of the PARTNER Cohort A QOL study demonstrate that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) results in improved quality of life compared with surgical valve...

November 15, 2011 – Results from the PROFI study indicate that the use of a proximal balloon occlusion in carotid artery stenting lead to fewer cerebral ischemic lesions...

November 15, 2011 — A randomized clinical trial examining angioplasty approaches in patients with ST elevation acute coronary syndrome (STEACS) suggests the transradial approach should be the...

November 15, 2011 — The ADVISE clinical trial concluded that a new measure of stenosis severity — instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) — yielded similar results to traditional fractional flow...

November 15, 2011 — A new clinical trial is testing the efficacy of rotational atherectomy (or rotablation, a process of drilling through plaque deposits) prior to implantation of a drug-eluting...

November 14, 2011 – Boston Scientific welcomed positive outcomes from the COBRA clinical trial, which evaluated post-dilation of nitinol stents using CryoPlasty therapy with the PolarCath...

November 14, 2011 – Medrad Inc. announced that five-year data from the THUNDER trial [1] demonstrated a 59 percent relative reduction in target lesion revascularization (TLR) rates in popliteal...

November 14, 2011 – OrbusNeich announced the introduction of the Combo dual therapy stent during a breakfast symposium chaired by Martin B. Leon, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the...

November 14, 2011 — A clinical trial of patients with restenosis in drug-eluting stents (DES) in native coronary arteries found treatment with paclitaxel-coated balloon angioplasty demonstrated...

November 14, 2011 – The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) reported that the Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of...

November 14, 2011 — Edwards Lifesciences Corp. announced data were presented on the quality of life impact and cost effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) were presented at...

November 11, 2011 — Maquet Cardiovascular announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE mark for its new Cardiosave intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). The announcement...

November 11, 2011 — The 30-day results from the 8,500+ patient ADAPT-DES registry were presented at the 2011 TCT conference in San Francisco. Patients with high platelet reactivity, as measured by...

November 10, 2011 — The results of an analysis of 149 EVEREST II high surgical risk patients with significant mitral regurgitation (MR) of functional etiology were presented at Transcatheter...

November 10, 2011 — Edwards Lifesciences Corp. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conditionally approved the addition of a second treatment group to the PARTNER II Trial. The...

November 10, 2011 – GE Healthcare will feature several new products and solutions at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s 23rd annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific...

November 9, 2011 — InfraReDx Inc. announced the launch of its TVC Imaging System, an enhanced version of the LipiScan IVUS coronary imaging system.

November 9, 2011 – AstraZeneca announced that a combined expert committee of American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American Heart Association (AHA) and Society for Cardiovascular...

November 9, 2011 — Volcano Corp. announced results from the ADVISE (ADenosine Vasodilator Independent Stenosis E...

November 9, 2011 – Abiomed, a provider of heart support technologies, announced results of an economic study at the annual 2011 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. The...

Medtronic today announced it received CE (Conformité Européenne) mark for the CoreValve System to be delivered using direct aortic access. The Medtronic CoreValve System is now the only...

November 8, 2011 — Biosensors International Group Ltd. announced final results of the AXXESS PLUS trial, which demonstrated the long-term efficacy and safety of the Axxess stent for patients with...

November 8, 2011 – Abiomed, a provider of heart support technologies, announced results of an economic study at the annual 2011 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference. The...

November 7, 2011 — The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American Heart Association (AHA), and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) released a revised...

November 7, 2011 — This year’s annual meeting of the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), is changing its name to “...

November 7, 2011 — The Million Hearts initiative has announced new partners and commitments, including tools to reach cardiology professionals and consumers to prevent heart attacks and strokes....

November 7, 2011 – Abbott announced the company's schedule of key data presentations at the 23rd annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, to be held Nov. 7 – 11...

November 4, 2011—Miracor Medical Systems GmbH announced that data will be reported during next week’s Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2011 scientific meeting in San Francisco. The...

November 4, 2011 – W. L. Gore & Associates announced that Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, United Kingdom, is the first medical center in the United Kingdom to enroll a patient in the...

November 4, 2011 — Medtronic Inc. announced approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Assurant Cobalt Iliac Balloon-Expandable Stent System.

November 4, 2011 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a stent graft system for patients with small arteries; it will give them the option of less invasive surgery to repair...

November 3, 2011 – Medtronic announced the first implant in a clinical trial in Japan that will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Medtronic CoreValve System...

November 3, 2011 – Lantheus Medical Imaging announced important changes to the U.S. product label for Definity Vial for (perflutren lipid microsphere) Injectable Suspension. The contrast agent is...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the first transcatheter aortic heart valve in the United States - the Sapien THV. Experts say the approval will open a new chapter in how...