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ACC, iPad cardiology apps

DAIC readers chose the following stories as the most popular content in 2013, based on website analytics.

nanostim pacemaker, SJM

St. Jude Medical Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Nanostim Inc., developer of a miniaturized, leadless pacemaker, and that the device received CE mark clearance in Europe....

Researchers announced this week that an attempt to expand cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) to include more patients with heart failure has failed and an international clinical trial ended...

Nanostim, leadless pacemaker

There have been several advances in electrophysiology (EP) technologies this past year, many of which were highlighted during the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2013 scientific sessions earlier this...

July 15, 2013 — Leonhardt Ventures and Core Manufacturing LLC have announced a new partnership to manufacture and bring to market a lineup of medical technologies.

The incremental mortality in implantable pacemaker and defibrillator recipients who experience a device infection, compared to patients without device infection, is substantial and persists for at...

New data from 100,438 patients with Boston Scientific implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds...

Toshiba, activation imaging, ACC, 2013

This is a roundup of some of the DAIC editor's choice of the most innovative new technologies showcased at ACC 2013, including products in the areas of interventional cardiology, patient...

Cardiobridge, VAD, heart pump, hemodynamic support

The Heart Failure 2013 LA meeting will include a showcase of several startup companies offering innovative new approaches to address heart and cardiovascular disease.

Top stories of 2012 in cardiology

To help identify trends and find out what DAIC readers are interested in, the magazine takes note of what they click on when visiting the website. Below are the top 25 stories from 2012, and the...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared St. Jude Medical’s new version of its Merlin.net Patient Care Network (PCN). The secure, Internet-based remote care system is for...

S-ICD, subcutaneous ICD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October granted Boston Scientific Corp. regulatory approval for its S-ICD System, the world’s first commercially available subcutaneous ...

August 30, 2012 — Implantable devices for treating cardiac arrhythmias, which include implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), are already underused in parts of Eastern and Central...

August 2, 2012 — The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) has released the HRS/ACCF Expert Consensus Statement on Pacemaker Device and Mode...

ICD, CRT battery life

In the coming years, the continued growth and aging of our population will both increase the demand for treatment with implantable cardiac rhythm devices and stretch our ability to pay for care....

July 27, 2012 — Major safety fears over supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) medications are threatening many elderly patients, and even encouraging some to opt for surgery, claims a new report by...

The latest trends and newest cardiac rhythm management technology were highlighted during the biggest electrophysiology (EP) meeting in the world, Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) 2012 in May, held in...

Patients with the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation (AFib) who received first-line catheter ablation treatment had a longer arrhythmia-free interval than patients receiving anti-...

May 14, 2012 ‑ Boston Scientific Corp. announced extended warranties of up to 10 years, depending on the model, for its Energen and Incepta ...

Sorin Group announced at the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) annual scientific sessions, the publication of the CLEAR study results in Europace (May 1, 2012, doi:10.1093/europace/...

 

A study of more than 350 competitive athletes with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) from around the world showed for the first time that sports may be safer for this...

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) issued an international consensus statement on indications, techniques and outcomes of catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF).

February 28, 2012 — nContact Inc. announced a new preclinical study examining a unique minimally invasive percutaneous approach to accessing the heart that may enable electrophysiologists (EPs) to...

February 23, 2012 – According to a new survey issued by the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), the majority of Americans are unaware of two serious and potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorders...

December 16, 2011 – St. Jude Medical began a voluntary recall Nov. 28 for its Riata and Riata ST Silicone Defibrillation Leads, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now classified...

December 5, 2011 – New study shows significant increase in quality of life (QoL) among overweight patients following ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF), compared to patients with a lower body...

November 18, 2011 – MedSolutions, a provider of medical cost management services, announced the launch of its implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) surgery management program, which uses...

October 24, 2011 – The American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced it is expanding its outpatient PINNACLE Registry with a new platform focusing on atrial fibrillation (AF), including the next...

September 27, 2011 — AF Stat released updates to the AFib Educator, a free smartphone app and desktop widget designed to help healthcare providers better explain atrial fibrillation (AFib) to...

August 29, 2011— The echocardiographic response (reduction of left ventricular end-systolic volume), evaluated at six months follow-up, proved a better predictor of long-term mortality than...

August 2, 2011 — St. Jude Medical Inc. today announced the first patient was enrolled in the EAST (Early comprehensive Atrial fibrillation Stroke prevention Trial) clinical trial.

July 14, 2011 – Endosense, a Swiss medical technology company, has announced completion of the first patient case utilizing prototype software that integrates the contact-force data provided by...

June 23, 2011 — The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) applauds the introduction of House Resolution 295 by Reps. Kay Granger, R - Texas, Dutch Ruppersberger, D – Md., and Charles Gonzalez, D - Texas. The...
May 10, 2011 – The world's smallest and thinnest high-energy cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to treat heart failure and...
May 6, 2011 – New data presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Sessions are the first to look at the use of highly specialized signals within...
May 6, 2011 – Results from an analysis of the ALTITUDE Clinical Science program demonstrated that defibrillator therapy saves lives from lethal arrhythmias without an increase in mortality due to...
May 5, 2011 – GE Healthcare is showing a complete portfolio of integrated electrophysiology (EP) products featuring electrical signals recording and anatomical imaging at the lowest dose, 3-D...
May 4, 2011 – A new version of the Liberator Locking Stylet uses a distinct radiopaque tip marker to increase radio-opacity under fluoroscopy.
May 3, 2011 – European CE mark approval was granted and the first use announced for the Blazer open-irrigated radiofrequency (RF) ablation catheter. The Boston Scientific catheter is designed to...

April 21, 2011 – Baxter International has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Prism Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company based in King of Prussia, Penn....

April 13, 2011 – Physician-researchers from the cardiac center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia presented new findings on pediatric cardiovascular disease at the American College of...

April 4, 2011 – Despite the high costs and heavy demand for health services associated with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a new report suggests that states may not be providing residents with the...

March 28, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new cardiac resynchronization therapy-pacemaker (CRT-P) systems. The Consulta and Syncra CRT-P systems, from Medtronic...

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

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 4, 2011 – According to a retrospective sub-study of the Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT), there is no evidence that implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) benefit...

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 1, 2011 – Medtronic, St. Jude Medical and Biotronik have emerged as leaders in the €2.8 billion European cardiac rhythm management (CRM) electrophysiology and ablation market, according to...

February 17, 2011 – Abnormal heart rate turbulence is associated with an increased risk of heart disease death in otherwise low-risk older individuals, according to a study funded by the National...

February 16, 2011 – Enrollment has been completed for a trial investigating a force-sensitive catheter during cardiac ablation. The EFFICAS study in intended to demonstrate that the TactiCath...

February 16, 2011 – The newly approved drug dabigatran is an alternative to warfarin to help prevent dangerous blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to updated guidelines...

February 10, 2011 – Never before has a therapy proven more beneficial for women than men in preventing heart disease – until now.

February 1, 2011 – Despite the benefits of therapy with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), inappropriate shocks from the devices are common and place patients at a greater mortality...

January 28, 2011 – The Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil False Claims Act lawsuit against Boston Scientific, Guidant LLC and other entities seeking additional...

January 27, 2011 – The first U.S.-procedure to use a new open-irrigated catheter was completed as part of the BLOCk-CTI trial. The study is using Boston Scientific’s Blazer Open-Irrigated Catheter...

January 24, 2011 – Boston Scientific has reached an agreement with Fukuda Denshi to market and sell its cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices and accessories throughout Japan. Fukuda Denshi will...

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 20, 2011 – Results from a large, worldwide, clinical trial show evidence that a first-of-its-kind pacemaker system is safe and effective to use during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)....

January 19, 2011 – Siemens Healthcare is partnering with Endosense for the integration of the contact-force data provided by Endosense’s TactiCath force-sensing ablation catheter with Siemens’...

January 13, 2011 – The first patients have been enrolled in a trial evaluating the effectiveness and safety of a force-sensing ablation catheter for treating symptomatic paroxysmal atrial...

January 13, 2011 – St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and the Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital in Dallas, Texas, are among the first U.S. hospitals to treat patients...

January 13, 2011 – A new robotic navigation system has both received the CE mark and undergone its first successful cardiac ablation procedure. The Vdrive robotic navigation system, from...

January 11, 2011 - nContact Surgical, a cardiac ablation device manufacturer, is changing its name to nContact to reflect the trend away from surgery toward percutaneous and minimally invasive...

January 6, 2011 – The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) recently hosted its inaugural two-day research forum to identify opportunities and challenges to advancing research in electrophysiology (EP).

December 29, 2010 – A new cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator (CRT-D) has been used in Canada for the first time. The Unify CRT-D, from St. Jude Medical, offers the smallest available...

December 3, 2010 – For the first time, data has shown that cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is cost-effective in mildly symptomatic heart failure (HF) patients. Data from an economic sub-...

November 24, 2010 – Data from the PICTURE trial showed that an insertable cardiac monitor led to diagnosis and treatment for 78 percent of patients who experienced a recurrent syncopal (fainting)...

November 17, 2010 – Atrial fibrillation (AFib) patients treated with catheter ablation reported fewer symptoms and improved quality of life, according to data from Circulation Cardiovascular...

November 16, 2010 – Study results show that pacemaker patients without history of atrial tachycardia (AT) or atrial fibrillation (AF) who have device-detected arrhythmias are more likely to have a...

November 15, 2010 – Data from the RAFT clinical trial show that cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillators (CRT-Ds) significantly reduced mortality for mildly symptomatic heart failure...

November 5, 2010 – ST Cardio was awarded nearly $250,000 in a grant under the Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program. The grant is related to the company’s Z6 Cardiac Stimulator.

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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...

October 29, 2010 – Site enrollment has been completed for the 50-site CITADEL and CENTURION clinical studies to evaluate the Tyrx AigisRx Antibacterial Envelope. The device is designed to help...

October 26, 2010 – Cordless phones, which transmit a similar pulsed signal as Wi-Fi networks at 2.4 gigahertz, have been shown to impact heart rate according to new research published in the...