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April 19, 2011 – Promising new devices for mechanical circulatory support of children with heart defects or heart failure, and related research, will be revealed this week at the International...

April 18, 2011 – Enhancing imaging capabilities and improving workflow are paramount in today’s demanding ultrasound environment. To meet these ongoing needs, Toshiba America Medical Systems has...

WomenHeart is the only national organization dedicated to promoting women’s heart health through advocacy, education and patient support. As the leading voice for the 42 million American women...

April 14, 2011 – Varicose veins are more than just a cosmetic consideration—they can cause pain and discomfort. Treating enlarged leg veins can relieve these problems and prevent complications in...

April 14, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a portable cardiovascular imaging system.

April 13, 2011 – Patient enrollment has begun for the SuperNOVA clinical trial. It will examine the safety and effectiveness of Boston Scientific’s Innova self-expanding bare-metal stent in...

April 13, 2011 – The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American Heart Association (AHA) and the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) have released results of a recent survey to...

April 13, 2011 – In the fall of 2010, leadership of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), physician-scientists active in cardiovascular ultrasound, respected ultrasound physicists and...

April 11, 2011 — The following is a roundup of key news and trial data that came out of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2011 Scientific Session in New Orleans last week. ...

April 8, 2011 — In the largest randomized trial to compare radial access and femoral access for coronary angiography and intervention, researchers found radial access reduced rates of vascular...

The transcatheter MitraClip mitral valve repair system continues to compare favorably with conventional open-heart surgery for treatment of select patients with mitral regurgitation. The findings...

April 8, 2011 — A study from a South Korean research team found that angioplasty with a sirolimus-eluting stent was non-inferior to coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) in patients with...

A U.S.-Egyptian research team has uncovered the earliest documented case of coronary atherosclerosis in a princess who died in her early 40s and lived between 1580 and 1550 B.C.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week released its February list of device and technology premarket approvals (PMA), product development protocols (PDP), supplement and notice...

A transcatheter ventricular assist device performed better than intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP), with a 21 percent reduction in major adverse events at 90 days.

April 7, 2011 — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2011 in New Orleans this week offered an expo floor filled with hundreds of cardiovascular products. The following five technologies stood...

April 7, 2011 – At the recent American College of Cardiology (ACC) Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans, Siemens showcased several ultrasound products. Among the systems highlighted were the 1...

April 6, 2011 – Data from the EVEREST II study show that patients with significant mitral regurgitation (MR) continue to show benefits from treatment with a catheter-based valve-clip system at one...

April 6, 2011 – Ultrasound is often used as a first-line diagnostic exam to quickly and safely diagnose a range of patient conditions. At this year’s American College of Cardiology (ACC) annual...

April 6, 2011 – Development of a novel embolic protection device designed for use during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) procedures received $10.5 million in funding. SMT Research...

April 6, 2011 – The second phase of a trial evaluating the world’s first drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) showed positive one-year results. Data from the ABSORB Trial, which...

April 5, 2011 – A microcatheter system has received the CE mark. The Plato Microcath system, by Scientia Vascular, is now available in Europe for neuro, cardio and peripheral endovascular...

April 5, 2011 – Death rates are similar at one year for a catheter-based aortic valve replacement procedure and conventional surgery in older high-risk patients.

April 4, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 210-patient investigation devices exemption (IDE) clinical trial to test the efficacy of a bone marrow stem cell...

April 4, 2011 – Doctors are encouraged to consider therapies in addition to blood thinners to treat certain patients with potentially dangerous blood clots that form in the deep veins and travel...

April 4, 2011 – A unique formulation of antioxidants taken orally before imaging with ionizing radiation minimizes cell damage, noted researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 36th...

April 4, 2011 – A new system for treating mitral regurgitation (MR) has been launched in Australia. The MitraClip device, by Abbott, has received Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approval...

April 1, 2011 – A new minimally invasive embolization catheter was unveiled at the Society of Interventional Radiology Annual Scientific Meeting. The Cantata Superselective Microcatheter, from...

March 31, 2011 – Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT is more than just a one-time complication from a long plane ride. The Society of Interventional Radiology wants individuals to know the risk factors...

March 30, 2011 – Interventional radiologists have completed the first human randomized controlled trial of therapeutic renal denervation, or RDN. RDN is a procedure that uses a catheter-based...

March 30, 2011 – Understanding that angioplasty is safe may encourage additional studies for its use as a treatment option for individuals with multiple sclerosis, say researchers at the Society...

March 29, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared a wireless point-of-care testing system that allows real time transmission of diagnostic test results generated directly from...

March 29, 2011 – One-year outcomes from Cohort A of the PARTNER trial will be presented April 3 at the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 60th Annual Scientific Session and Expo in New Orleans...

March 28, 2011 – Outcomes data from a subset analysis of the global e-HEALING registry were published online in the Journal of Interventional Cardiology and demonstrated the...

March 28, 2011 – The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia has approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System for listing on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

March 28, 2011 – Patients who have suffered a "mini stroke" are at twice the risk of heart attack than the general population, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the...

March 25, 2011 – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have released a focused update to the 2007 guidelines for the managing patients with unstable...

March 25, 2011 – A new, next-generation aspiration catheter has been introduced in the United States. The Fetch 2 Catheter, by Medrad Interventional, features a flexible, variable pitch coiled...

March 23, 2011 - Millar Instruments Inc. is issuing a worldwide recall of 1,080 units of its Human Use High Injection Angiographic Catheter because they may contain particulate debris within the...

March 22, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a 210-patient investigation devices exemption (IDE) clinical trial to test the efficacy of a bone marrow stem cell...

March 22, 2011 - Further enhancing its cardiovascular reporting capabilities, Fujifilm Medical Systems Inc. added its Intelligent Structured Reporting (ISR) technology, an advanced software...

March 22, 2011 – During complex interventional procedures, it is challenging to accurately navigate and interpret the vascular anatomy for precise device deployment. To aid physicians during such...

March 21, 2011 - OrbusNeich today announced it filed a lawsuit in the Netherlands against a doctor and principal investigator of a trial examining OrbusNeich's Genous coronary stent.

March 18, 2011 – A clinical trial testing a robotic system to remotely deliver and manipulating coronary guide wires has begun. The PRECISE study is testing the CorPath 200 System, from Corindus...

March 18, 2011 – Circulating through the bloodstream of every human being is a rare and powerful type of cell, one that can actually create new blood vessels to bypass blockages that cause heart...

March 15, 2011 – A new tricuspid ring for the treatment of tricuspid valve disease is approved for use in the United States, Europe and several other countries. The Contour 3D Annuloplasty Ring,...

March 15, 2011 – Argon Medical Devices has entered into a definitive license agreement with Rex Medical, for exclusive global rights to market and distribute the Option Retrievable Inferior Vena...

March 14, 2011 – Expanding its transcatheter valve accessories with the addition of an aortic embolic protection device, Edwards Lifesciences Corp. completed the acquisition of Embrella...

March 14, 2011 – Doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich., have performed the state’s first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation. The new robotic maze procedure...

March 14, 2011 – Sorin Group has reached a major milestone with the 100,000th MitroFlow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve implantation worldwide.

March 14, 2011 – A vascular graft for hemodialysis access has received the CE mark. The Gore Propaten vascular graft, from W.L. Gore and Associates, utilizes a covalent bonding technology to...

March 11, 2011 – Texas Children's has become the world's first pediatric hospital to complete the first phase of certification to implant the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. The...

March 11, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a surgical kit that allows neurosurgeons to reroute blood flow around an aneurysm or a tumor in the brain. This should...

March 10, 2011 – The first study to compare pain associated with deployment of different vascular closure devices (VCD) as the primary endpoint has been published in the Journal of...

March 10, 2011 – A newly introduced catheter provides a superior answer for percutaneous fluid aspirations and small volume drainage procedures. The Drainer centesis catheter, from Vascular...

Physio-Control has acquired Swedish-based Jolife AB, the developer and manufacturer the automated Lucas Chest Compression System.

Prior to the acquisition, Physio-Control had been the...

Circadian rhythms affect the incidence of coronary stent thrombosis, with more events occurring during the early morning hours, according to new research published in the February 2011 issue of...

March 8, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced monthly liver enzyme tests are no longer required for those taking Letairis tablets (ambrisentan), made by Gilead Sciences....

March 7, 2011 – A new digital intra-vascular ultrasound (IVUS) catheter has been cleared in Japan. The Eagle Eye Platinum digital IVUS catheter, from Volcano, was introduced at the Percutaneous...

March 7, 2011 – Each year between 100,000 and 180,000 Americans die as the result of pulmonary embolism, a complication from blood clots in the lungs. The Vascular Disease Foundation urges...

March 7, 2011 – Last week Medtronic Inc. cancelled its five contracts with Novation LLC, one of the largest U.S. group purchasing organizations (GPOs), which previously represented $2 billion. The...

March 7, 2011 – A pilot study testing a system designed to improve acute coronary syndrome (ACS) revascularization has been successfully completed. The study looked at the Picso Impulse System,...

March 4, 2011 - Occlutech GmbH received a favorable court ruling in Stockholm, Sweden in the ongoing patent litigation case with AGA Medical-St. Jude Medical.

March 4, 2011 – A new generation of a mobile C-arm has been launched, offering outstanding imaging and a liquid cooling system to allow use over an almost unlimited period of time. The Vision RFD...

Boston Scientific has completed its acquisition of Atritech. The completion of the transaction follows the signing of a definitive merger agreement announced on Jan. 19, 2011.

March 2, 2011 – A new transseptal puncture module for education and simulation technology has been released. The module is for Simbionix’ Angio Mentor simulator.

March 2, 2011 – The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced recommendations for assessing and improving the quality at percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...

March 1, 2011 – A bioprosthetic heart valve has demonstrated positive performance at 12 years, according to a study published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery....

February 28, 2011 – Scientists have identified a protein that plays a key role in debilitating changes that occur in the heart after a heart attack, according to research reported in ...

February 25, 2011 – A larger transcatheter aortic heart valve has received the CE mark. The 29 mm version of the Sapien XT valve, from Edwards Lifesciences, promises to expand the number of...

February 21, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an endoprosthesis device for use on a lower profile delivery system. The Gore Viabahn Endoprosthesis with Heparin Bioactive...

February 18, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared an ultrasound software tool to measure the thickness of the intima-media layers of the carotid artery to evaluate...

February 18, 2011 – An independent study in the journal Circulation confirmed the early and sustained clinical benefits for a system treating aortic valve disease.

February 17, 2011 – On Jan. 15, after 864 days of life with an artificial heart, Charles Okeke received a dual heart and kidney transplant at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Okeke had been...

February 16, 2011 – To expand its portfolio of devices for lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD), Boston Scientific this week acquired two new technologies to treat chronic total...