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Bard, Lutonix, drug coated balloon, DCB, CMS, pass-through payment, outpatient

C. R. Bard Inc. announced that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved a pass-through payment for the Lutonix drug-coated balloon (DCB) under the Medicare hospital...

Pie Medical Imaging, CAAS A-Valve, qRA, angiography, heart valve repair

Pie Medical Imaging BV announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its CAAS A-Valve product including the quantitative Regurgitation Analysis (qRA)...

VasSol Inc., NOVA, VERiTAS trial, recurrent stroke, MRI, software

A recently completed National Institutes of Health-funded trial confirms the efficacy of blood flow measurement technology from VasSol Inc. to predict the possibility of repeated stroke...

Pediatric cardiology researchers and clinicians from numerous centers around the world gathered at the Cardiology 2015: the 18th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease...

Lutonix, drug eluting balloon, drug coated balloon

Drug-eluting balloons (DEBs) have been one of the long-awaited new transcatheter technologies to help reduce high restenosis rates in peripheral artery disease (PAD). The U.S. Food and Drug...

TAVR, Henry Ford Hospital, O'Neill, Greenbaum

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is not only a breakthough minimally invasive medical therapy, but offers a new business opportunity for hospitals that begin a program. The technology...

cancer survivors, cardiovascular ultrasound, echocardiograms

Certain types of chemotherapy are associated with heart issues known as cancer therapeutics-related cardiac dysfunction. However, symptoms don’t appear until the issue is already advanced and...

Boston Scientific, Bard, Lutonix, DCB, drug coated balloon, distribute

Boston Scientific and C. R. Bard announced a deal where Boston Scientific will distribute the Lutonix 035 drug coated balloon (DCB) percutaneous transluminal angioplasty catheter in the...

Shimadzu, Trinias C-12, First Coast Heart, angiography system, cath lab

Shimadzu Medical Systems announced the first United States installation of its Trinias C-12 crossover system at First Coast Heart & Vascular Center in Jacksonville, Fla. This first North...

Covidien, Trellis peripheral infusion system, FDA recall, balloon inflation port

A manufacturing error caused the balloon inflation ports to be mislabeled on Covidien’s Trellis 6 and Trellis 8 Peripheral Infusion systems, prompting a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Renal denervation, hypertension, Peregrine System

Ablative Solutions Inc. announced the addition of Michael Weber, M.D., FACP, FACC, FAHA, to its Scientific Advisory Board. 

Sudden cardiac arrest, resuscitation devices, AutoPulse, ZOLL

Zoll Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced that RAV Gelderland-Midden in the Netherlands has equipped its fleet of 20 ambulances with the...

Bayer HealthCare’s Mark 7 Arterion angiographic contrast injector

There have been several recent advances with contrast media injector technology, including cutting costs by reducing contrast waste and automated data collection for the dose a patient receives....

Here are my predictions for technologies to watch in the coming year that have the potential to fundamentally change the practice of cardiology:

Corevalve, valve sizes

Medtronic announced CE (Conformité Européene) mark for the 26 and 29mm sizes of the CoreValve Evolut R System, a next-generation self-expanding valve for transcatheter aortic...

peripheral arterial disease, Atherectomy devices, ISET

Ensuring that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) get tested and treated with minimally invasive endovascular therapy saves legs and lives suggests a study in which amputation rates...

Heart failure, MitraClip, International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy

A minimally invasive procedure to repair severe mitral valve regurgitation by clipping together the valve’s leaflets can improve function and quality of life and reduce the risk of hospitalization...

Medtronic, In.Pact Admiral DCB, PAD, U.S. launch, drug-coated balloon

United States hospitals began using a new medical device from Medtronic plc  called the In.Pact Admiral drug-coated balloon (DCB) to treat patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in...

ISET, aneurysms, blood flow, software, flow diverter, FFR catheters

A new computer program allows doctors to assess blood flow as they are using flow-diverter devices to treat life-threatening aneurysms, suggests a preliminary study being presented at the 27th...

Cardiovascular ultrasound, ultrasound systems, RSNA 2015, 5D Heart

Samsung Electronics America introduced the Samsung WS80A with Elite performance package, its flagship ultrasound product for women’s healthcare designed to streamline exam workflows and deliver...