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December 6, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given conditional approval for a trial that will investigate the role of a device in reducing infarct size in patients with ST-...

December 6, 2010 – A new stent shows favorable outcomes compared to bare metal stents (BMS) for treating coronary artery bifurcation lesions. Data for the Genous Stent, from OrbusNeich, was...

December 3, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given conditional approval for an Investigational Device Exception (IDE) application for a system for treating coronary artery...

November 24, 2010 – Results for a trial comparing a drug-eluting stent to balloon angioplasty and bare metal stenting in treating restenosis after angioplasty were announced at the VEITHsymposium...

November 24, 2010 - Rotational computed tomography angiography (CTA), a new noninvasive imaging modality, has the ability to display angiography in 3-D formats. This allows for considerable...

November 23, 2010 – Boston Scientific will acquire Sadra Medical, a development-stage company in Los Gatos, Calif. Boston Scientific will pay $193 million up front, plus potential payments of up...

November 23, 2010 – A device for peripheral transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and for capturing and containing embolic material during angioplasty in the lower extremities has been approved by the U....

November 23, 2010 - A new technique that combines the heat and energy of ultrasound with the highly targeted delivery of clot-busting drugs appears to be effective at treating patients with acute...

November 22, 2010 – At the VEITHsymposium, physicians debated whether stents are usually required in the endovenous treatment of chronic venous disease.

Seshadri Raju M.D., professor...

November 22, 2010 - An implantable medical device used in the minimally invasive treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms delivered strong results through one year of patient follow-up in a U.S....

November 17, 2010 – A lunch symposium detailing the evidence for simulation in medical training and other fields will be sponsored by W.L. Gore and Associates at the VEITHsymposium. The EVEResT (...

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...