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November 17, 2010 – Data from the ADVANCE bridge-to-heart-transplant study showed that 92 percent of patients were either alive on the implanted device, had a heart transplant or explanted for...

November 17, 2010 – A drug-eluting balloon (DEB) and a coronary stent have received CE mark approval in Europe. The DEB and the coronary CoCr stent, both by Blue Medical, have been approved for...

November 16, 2010 – A new tool for personalized preventative medicine was introduced at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2010. Panasonic’s CardioHealth Station is designed to...

November 16, 2010 – An all-in-one micropuncture radial access kit is now available in the United States. The Glidesheath Nitinol Kit, by Terumo Interventional Systems, is for physicians who prefer...

November 16, 2010 – Analysis of data from the PARTNER trial showed that patients implanted with transcatheter heart valve not only experienced improved survival, but also substantially better...

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 15, 2010 - An experimental pump implanted in patients waiting for a heart transplant works as well as approved devices, according to trial results presented at the American Heart...

November 15, 2010 - A catheter procedure that closes a hole in patients’ hearts appears to be no more effective than drug therapy in preventing recurrent strokes, according to trial results...

November 10, 2010 – Software for a mobile C-arm X-ray system will be on display at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. SmartVascular, by Ziehm Imaging, is designed...

November 9, 2010 – To assist interventionalists with organizing, securing and loading interventional tools during catheterization procedures, Vascular Solutions offers the Angio Assist Docking...

November 8, 2010 – Patient enrollment has begun in a trial looking at a new system for patients undergoing diagnostic angiography procedures through the femoral artery. The RECITAL study will...

November 8, 2010 – A new aortic extension has been implanted in a clinical setting for the first time. The Ventana fenestrated stent graft, by Endologix, was implanted at Auckland City Hospital in...

November 5, 2010 – Cardiovascular Systems Inc. (CSI) will pay $1 million to settle an employment lawsuit with ev3, which is now part of Covidien.

The litigation stems from a lawsuit ev3...

November 5, 2010 – The final patient has been enrolled in a trial studying a balloon-expandable covered stent for those with occlusive disease of the iliac artery. The iCARUS trial is...

November 5, 2010 – Stereotaxis has been awarded $1.5 million in grants under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program. Enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of...

November 5, 2010 – New research shows that novel drug-coated balloon technology is being adopted in niche applications throughout Europe. The research, from the Millenium Research Group, also...

November 5, 2010 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for the latest version of a cardiovascular ultrasound system. The GE Healthcare Vivid E9 Breakthrough 2011 (...

November 3, 2010 – A multicenter CE-mark study has been launched for transapical TAVI system. Hendrik Treede, M.D., performed the first implantations of the system, made by JenaValve, at the...

November 3, 2010 – The first patient has been enrolled into a study comparing a left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device to warfarin therapy in those with atrial fibrillation. The PREVAIL study...

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...

November 1, 2010 - After a heart attack victim stops breathing, a process of irreversible brain damage starts to occur within three to four minutes. But a new technique may significantly delay...

The first-in-man use of the Coherex WaveCrest left atrial appendage (LAA) occluder system was successfully performed recently in New Zealand, launching the WAVECREST 1 trial to evaluate the device...

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 28, 2010 - Coronary stent manufacturer Stentys is now listed and traded on the NYSE Euronext Paris (Ticker: STNT). As a result of the IPO, the company has raised $31.9 million, which will...

October 26, 2010 – Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the top academic medical centers in the United States, has awarded a five-year, $25 million contract for medical equipment and...

October 25, 2010 – The Hague, Netherlands ruled in favor of Occlutech, a transcatheter structural heart occluder device maker, in the ongoing patent litigation with AGA Medical. The lawsuit stems...

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 21, 2010 – Vascular Solutions has acquired the assets related to snare products from Radius Medical Technologies and its subsidiary, Radius Medical, LLC. Vascular Solutions has been...

October 20, 2010 - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched the first large-scale, multicenter study to investigate the...

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...

St. Jude Medical Inc. said it plans to acquire AGA Medical Holdings Inc. for about $1.3 billion. The purchase will expand St. Jude’s cardiac device offerings with a portfolio of transcatheter...

October 15, 2010 – An investigational trial of Medtronic’s CoreValve transcatheter aortic valve has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today. The investigational device...

October 14, 2010 – A new round of equity financing will help launch the LipiScan IVUS Coronary Imaging System in the United States. InfraReDx raised $21 million to launch the first system to...

October 14, 2010 – A bifurcation stent maker has closed $17 million in round D financing to help it expand worldwide, pursue research and development and seek out regulatory approvals in the...

October 14, 2010 – A new echocardiography management program has been launched with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBCVT). American Imaging Management (AIM) will partner with BCBSVT to...

October 13, 2010 – A new guidewire has been launched for use in challenging, small vessel peripheral angioplasty procedures. The Journey Guidewire, by Boston Scientific, is 0.014 inches and...

October 13, 2010 – Human trials commenced using a catheter guidance control and imaging (CGCI) system on patients with arrhythmias.

October 8, 2010 – New features in the 2.0 version of the Acuson S2000 ultrasound system released today cover the entire continuum of care for vascular and cardiac imaging.

October 7, 2010 – The Superior Court of Massachusetts has ruled against LightLab Imaging in the company’s optical coherence tomography (OCT) trade secret case against Volcano and its wholly owned...

October 6, 2010 – A new statement from the American Heart Association says arteriotomy closure devices are reasonable to use, but their benefits should be weighed against the risk of complications...

October 6, 2010 - MD Buyline has announced the highest user-ranked vendors for Q3 2010. Philips Healthcare achieved top ratings in two categories (PACS and cardiac cath lab) with the highest user...

October 5, 2010 - The 37th annual VEITHsymposium, for vascular disease specialists, will be held Nov. 17 – 21 at the Hilton New York. The five-day event will feature more than 450 rapid-fire...

October 5, 2010 – Edwards Lifesciences has opened a new 300,000-square-foot facility in Draper, Utah, allowing the company to significantly expand its manufacturing and development capabilities,...

October 5, 2010 – A U.S. clinical study evaluating the CrossBoss and Stingray catheters in treating chronically occluded coronary arteries concluded in August and Bridgepoint Medical has asked the...

October 4, 2010 – Germany will reimburse patients who have a left atrial appendage closure procedure in 2011. The 2011 G-DRG (German Diagnosis Related Group) catalog, recently published on 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...

October 1, 2010 – The Bradenton Cardiology Center is the first clinic in the United States to implant a peripheral self-expanding stent as part of the OSPREY study. The trial, which is evaluating...

October 1, 2010 – The maker of a biodegradable stent has brought in $8.5 million during a new round of venture financing from existing investors. Arterial Remodeling Technologies (ART) now has $17...

October 1, 2010 – The most recent clinical data from USpella, a U.S. multicenter, observational registry of patients who received percutaneous cardiac support from the Impella 2.5 device, was...

September 30, 2010 – New angiography navigation tools for structural heart cases were shown by GE Healthcare during last week's Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2010 symposium.

September 30, 2010 – A specialized partner program was recently launched to enable select top healthcare institutions to provide advanced training in hemodynamic support and complex patient...

September 30, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared a software interface and image segmentation system that can help simulate and evaluate surgical treatment options.

September 29, 2010 – A new portable, arm-held ultrasound system can provide fast, easy and reliable diagnosis even in critical emergency situations. The MyLabOne, by Biosound Esaote, is...

September 29, 2010 – Physicians from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute will lead a clinical trial evaluating transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) for patients who experience severe aortic...

September 29, 2010 – Results from a trial studying the effects of a drug-eluting balloon (DEB) on peripheral artery disease (PAD) were released at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (...

Transcatheter valve therapies were among the hottest topics at the 2010 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) symposium and the key presentation was the very positive first release of...

September 29, 2010 – An agreement was reached between AccessClosure and Benrikal Services for distributing vascular closure devices in the United States. AccessClosure will be the exclusive...

September 28, 2010 – The Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) 2010 symposium featured a live case broadcast of a physician implanting a new device to treat refractory angina.

September 28, 2010 – A new multinational trial will examine the effectiveness of embolic protection mesh stents in STEMI (ST-elelvated myocardial infarction) patients.

The MASTER trial...

September 28, 2010 – A guiding catheter specifically designed for right radial access to maximize transradial interventional procedures is released in the United States. Terumo Interventional...

September 28, 2010 – A fully automatic, all-in-one ultrasound cleansing and disinfection system, the Mides Transesophageal (TEE)-Care, offers ease-of-use and safe handling. It was recently...

September 27, 2010 – A post-market study investigating a new treatment for peripheral artery disease of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) has completed enrollment.

The VIPER study, which...

September 27, 2010 — A new plug-in quickly and easily assesses clinically relevant parameters for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stent planning.

September 27, 2010 – A premarket approval (PMA) application has been submitted for the Formula balloon-expandable stent to help treat patients suffering from renal artery stenosis. Cook Medical’s...

September 27, 2010 - Treating varicose veins with a new access kit reduces the number of steps and reduces procedure time. The .018-inch nitinol long-access wire for the VenaCure EVLT system, by...

September 27, 2010 – Designed for productivity and versatility, the new GE Healthcare Innova 3100-IQ (Optima Edition) is a reliable, cost-effective, high-performance interventional combo lab for...

September 24, 2010 - Trial data have established the safety of a reversible PAR-1 thrombin receptor antagonist in patients with acute coronary syndrome. Results from the LANCELOT ACS trial were...

September 24, 2010 – Drug-eluting stents are beneficial in treating symptomatic peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the femoropopliteal artery. Data from the ZILVER PTX trial demonstrate that...

September 24, 2010 - Two-year data from the SPIRIT IV trial show that everolimus-eluting stents demonstrated enhanced safety and efficacy in treating de novo native coronary artery lesions when...

September 24, 2010 - The first in-human study of a robotically assisted percutaneous coronary intervention system demonstrated that the technique is safe and feasible. The results of the study,...

September 24, 2010 - The New England Journal of Medicine has published the results of from a trial looking at the treatment of severe aortic stenosis.

The results from cohort B of the...

September 23, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conditionally approved the first part of a trial testing a new transcatheter heart valve.

September 23, 2010 - Results from the second stage of a trial studying a bioresorbable vascular scaffold were announced at the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) meeting in Washington...