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March 31, 2011 – Accurately navigating and interpreting cardiovascular anatomy for precise device deployment is a challenge to physicians during complex interventional procedures. In order to help...

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 22, 2011 - Terumo Cardiovascular Systems (CVS) said it agreed to the terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding quality system improvements at the...

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

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 8, 2011 – A new endoscopic vessel harvesting (EVH) has been launched in the United States. The Vasoview 6 Pro, by Maquet Cardiovascular, offers streamlined controls, improved functionality...

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 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 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 – Ziehm Imaging has received Frost & Sullivan's European Product Leadership Award 2011 in the interventional radiology category.

February 14, 2011 – Acute ischemic stroke hospitalizations among middle-aged and older men and women fell between 1994 and 2007, but sharply increased among those under age 35 – including teens...

February 14, 2011 – Cardiac surgeons now have a simple, noninvasive way to assess patients at risk for poor outcomes prior to surgery with the Invos Cerebral/Somatic Oximeter, from Covidien.

February 7, 2011 – A new positioning system has been launched that is used in performing off- pump coronary artery bypass (OPCAB) procedures on coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients.

February 7, 2011 – A rare and often underreported form of stroke involving veins instead of arteries is more common than previously thought, according to the American Heart Association's (AHA)...

February 3, 2011 – Widespread screening or routine ultrasound for blocked neck arteries to determine stroke risk isn't necessary, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/...

February 1, 2011 – A self-anchoring aortic heart valve has received the CE mark. With the approval, the Perceval S Sutureless biological valve, by the Sorin Group, is now commercially available in...

January 24, 2011 – The first U.S. clinical implant of a device designed to restore more natural breathing patterns in patients with central sleep apnea was made last week at The Ohio State...

January 7, 2011 – A new study from The Ohio State University found that Protandim can suppress intimal hyperplasia, the over-proliferation of cells that line the walls of blood vessels. The...

January 4, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an update of what medical devices it expects to be developed and brought to market within the next 10 years.

January 3, 2011 – Arrow International, a division of Teleflex Medical, issued a class I recall, advising customers to immediately discontinue use of its Ultra 8 French intra-aortic balloon pump (...

December 29, 2010 - Research on reducing risks, improving medical treatment and improving lifestyle behaviors to fight the battle against heart disease and stroke are among the key scientific...

December 29, 2010 – Patient enrollment has been completed for a Phase III trial of an oral Factor Xa inhibitor. The ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 study will investigate edoxaban, by Daiichi Sankyo, for...

December 7, 2010 – A study comparing a transcatheter ventricular assist device (VAD) to intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) has been completed after interim analysis determined the primary endpoint...

November 23, 2010 – Study results found significant differences in men and women older than 80 who underwent carotid surgical incision and carotid artery angioplasty and stenting. The results were...

November 18, 2010 – After the initial findings from the CREST trial, debate continues to swirl as proponents of both carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS) claim...

November 16, 2010 – Results from the ROCKET AF trial showed that rivaroxaban given once daily is superior at reducing stroke and non-central nervous system (CNS) systemic embolism in patients with...

November 2, 2010 – Boston Scientific will sell its neurovascular business to Stryker for $1.5 billion in cash. Of that purchase price, $1.4 billion will be paid at closing, and the remaining $100...

October 29, 2010 – An automated anastomosis system to minimize operating time and enable minimally-invasive and robot-assisted coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is being featured today...

October 22, 2010 - Treating metabolic syndrome and undergoing carotid angioplasty may prevent recurrent stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), according to revised American Heart Association/...

October 20, 2010 – A new type of sterile marker for image-guided surgery has been launchd. The Threaded Spherz, by IZI Medical Products, are compatible with BrainLab systems and help surgeons...

October 18, 2010 - A 54-year-old Italian man has become the first patient to surpass 1,000 days of support with an artificial heart while waiting for a matching donor heart. The patient was...

October 18, 2010 – Toronto General Hospital is the first Canadian medical center to implant a left-ventricular assist system (LVAS) as part of a study for patients awaiting a heart transplant. The...

October 4, 2010 - Johnson and Johnson has completed the acquisition of Micrus Endovascular, a developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive devices for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke. The...

September 2, 2010 – Artificial heart maker SynCardia Systems said it plans to put the company up for sale some time in the next two years.

August 13, 2010 – A rotary blood pump designed for long-term patient support had another patient surpass four years after receiving the left ventricular assist device (LVAD). Helga Gieseke, 66,...

August 9, 2010 – A merger is being finalized between Medtronic and cardiac surgery device maker ATS Medical. The company develops and manufactures products and services for the treatment of...

July 8, 2010 – The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) event has traditionally been a symposium for interventional cardiologists. However, as an increasing number of hybrid...

June 28, 2010 – A new 3-D imaging technology is now available in the U.S. The C-InSight from Mazor Surgical Technologies Ltd. will enable medical facilities to incorporate 3-D imaging capabilities...

June 16, 2010 – A new surgical device for excluding the left atrial appendage has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AtriCure Inc. announced this week that it...

June 10, 2010 – The single-use EZ Steer bi-directional catheters are now cleared for reprocessing through Ascent. The reprocessing of this device enables electrophysiology (EP) labs to save money...

June 8, 2010 – New study findings prove continuing warfarin therapy during pacemaker or defibrillator implantation in patients with moderate to high thromboembolic risk is safe and cost-effective...

April 5, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today said it approved the first absorbable fibrin sealant patch for use in cardiovascular surgery to prevent mild and moderate bleeding...

March 30, 2010 – The FDA granted an investigational device exemption (IDE) for a clinical study of the Freedom portable driver system to power SynCardia's Total Artificial Heart. The study is...

March 26, 2010 – When actor John Ritter died suddenly in 2003 from a tear in his thoracic aorta, the tragedy brought attention to a rare but deadly condition that takes the lives of an estimated...

March 24, 2010 – The 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) will showcase two multipurpose interventional operating room suites that integrate digital imaging...

March 17, 2010 – New Results from PLATO trial suggest ticagrelor (Brilinta) leads to lower mortality and no increased risk of bleeding when compared to clopidogrel (Plavix) in patients with acute...

March 12, 2010 – In partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Philips is spotlighting the growing need for hybrid cath labs with a specialty exhibit during ACC 2010 March 14-16 in...

March 2, 2010 — A surgical valve has earned the European market clearance nod, marking the manufacturer's launch into the market for pericardial aortic stented tissue valves.

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March 1, 2010 – Surgery and stenting to open blocked neck arteries proved similar in overall long-term safety and efficacy, but showed differences in stroke and heart attack in the weeks following...

February 11, 2010 – Former president Bill Clinton received two coronary stents today after being admitted to the hospital with chest pain.

February 11, 2010 — The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published results showing the Bard FLAIR Endovascular Stent Graft maintains the patency of dialysis access grafts more effectively...

February 9, 2010 – Off-pump bypass surgery, or “beating heart surgery,” was developed in hopes of creating a safer way to fix cholesterol-clogged coronary arteries.

February 5, 2010 – Enrollment is complete for the trial of a polymer-based gel that rapidly transitions to a solid at body temperature, forming a plug that can temporarily occlude blood vessels...

January 22, 2010 - The California Heart Center, the cardiology group that developed the nation’s largest heart transplant program, has joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

January 15, 2010 – A large-capacity radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled cabinet has been introduced for operating room supply centers and catheterization labs.

December 21, 2009 – Revised guidelines on the use of beta-blockers for noncardiac surgery say therapy should neither be initiated on the day of surgery, nor stopped abruptly peri- or...

December 10, 2009 – An exclusive license agreement between On-X Life Technologies and the Cleveland Clinic will create a system of products intended to improve and simplify the replacement of...

December 9, 2009 — A feasibility clinical trial was launched last week to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a combined surgical and catheter procedure, the convergent procedure, for the...

December 7, 2009 - A new integrated hybrid interventional table offers head-to-toe tilting and side-to-side cradling to meet the needs of both interventionalists and surgeons during hybrid...

November 10, 2009 – FDA and Edwards Lifesciences notified healthcare professionals this week about the class 1 FDA recall of CardioVations EndoClamp Aortic Catheter, due to the potential that the...

November 6, 2009 – Cardiac support device maker Abiomed Inc. yesterday announced second quarter fiscal 2010 revenue of $20 million.

November 2, 2009 — Cardiac complications around the time of noncardiac surgery are relatively common and can be serious.

October 22, 2009 – MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC said today it received European CE mark for the company's MEGA 8 Fr. 50 cc intra-aortic balloon (IAB) catheter.

October 5, 2009 – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a grant to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in partnership with the...

September 30, 2009 – MAQUET Cardiovascular said Johannes Bonatti, M.D., professor of surgery and director of coronary surgery and advanced coronary interventions at the University of Maryland...

September 29, 2009 – Mardil Inc. last week at TCT 2009 announced positive interim data from a pilot study investigating the safety and efficacy of its novel cardiac device – BACE (Basal...

September 22, 2009 —  At the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) annual meeting Royal Philips Electronics today announced it will integrate the MAQUET Magnus surgical table with...

September 21, 2009 — W. L. Gore & Associates last week announced that several physicians recently presented interim data from ongoing GORE PROPATEN Vascular Graft studies to clinical...

August 24, 2009 – Physicians at The Mount Sinai Medical Center were the first in the country to perform a nonsurgical procedure using sutures to tie off a left atrial appendage (LAA), which is the...

Moffitt Cancer Center engaged in the GE Healthcare Performance Solutions team to improve work and enable additional capacity.
The project enabled the center to identify operating room (OR)...

August 21, 2009 - World Heart Corp. said today it received FDA conditional approval to begin a bridge-to-transplant (BTT) study of the Levacor Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) at 10 U.S. centers....

August 21, 2009 – The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2009 symposium is set for Sept. 21-25, at The Moscone Center
in San Francisco, Calif.