St. Jude Medical Pays $27 Million for Allegedly Selling Defective ICD and CRT-D devices
News | EP Lab | July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021 — The U.S. Justice Department announced earlier this month that St. Jude Medical Inc. agreed to pay $27...
ScImage Inc., a provider of cloud-centric cardiovascular and radiology enterprise imaging and reporting solutions, announced a partnership with Cardiology Consultants PA (CCPA). The Spartanburg, S.C., cardiology group consists of 14 physicians, six nurse practitioners, three office locations and a newly opened office-based lab/ambulatory surgical center (OBL/ASC) servicing upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. ScImage provided a CVIS, or cardiovascular information system.
News | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021 - ScImage Inc., a provider of cloud-centric cardiovascular and radiology enterprise imaging and reporting...
Heart Rhythm Society, HRS, 2021 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials in Electrophysiology. #HRS #HRS2021 #HRS21 #Heartrhythm21
Feature | EP Lab | July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021 — Here is the complete list of late-breaking clinical trials (LBCT) and links to articles on all of them...
The AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping System, left, and the AliveCor KardiaMobile device and app for personal ECG monitoring using a smartphone, right. The companies plan to use remote monitoring to see if it helps improve care for ablation patients.

The AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping System, left, and the AliveCor KardiaMobile device and app for personal ECG monitoring using a smartphone, right. The companies plan to use remote monitoring to see if it helps improve care for ablation patients.

News | EP Lab | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 — AliveCor Inc., which offers FDA-cleared, smart-phone enabled personal electrocardiogram (ECG)...

An IVC filter seen under X-ray, left. Right, two sizes of the Philips excimer laser technology currently on the U.S. market for EP lead extraction. The CO2 laser technology is able to gently ablate scar tissue encasing leads to enable their extraction. 

News | Inferior Vena Cava Filters | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 — The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device Designation (BDD) to a laser...
Schematic illustration of a pre-vascularized stem cell patch having multiple stem cell-laden bio-inks to encorage heart cell regrowth at infarct areas. With permission from Elsevier. Read the original article.Jinah Jang, Reprinted from Biomaterials, Vol 112, Jinah Jang et al., 3D printed complex tissue construct using stem cell-laden decellularized extracellular matrix bioinks for cardiac repair, Pages 264-274, Copyright (2017),

Schematic illustration of a pre-vascularized stem cell patch having multiple stem cell-laden bio-inks to encorage heart cell regrowth at infarct areas. With permission from Elsevier. Read the original

News | Medical 3-D Printing | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 -- Cardiovascular diseases account for 32% of global deaths. Myocardial infarction, or heart attacks,...
Medtronic announced new data from the landmark WRAP-IT study published in Heart Rhythm,[1] demonstrating a significantly lower infection risk for patients who develop hematomas after cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) when the Tyrx Absorbable Antibacterial Envelope is used at implant. The analysis showed an 82% reduction in major CIED infections among patients with the Tyrx Envelope who developed hematomas compared to patients in the control group who developed hematomas.
News | EP Lab | July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021 — Medtronic announced new data from the landmark WRAP-IT study published in Heart Rhythm,[1]...
Images or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The right image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery. Read the original article in Plos One https:/

Images, or a digital twin mitral valve of a patient, created from cardiac ultrasound that were used to perform a virtual surgical procedure to test how the intervention would impact the patient prior to actually performing the procedure. The right image shows color coding for sheer stresses on the valve leaflets before and after the virtual surgery. The left image shows the model quantitation of leaflet coaptation at peak systole prior to the the virtual surgery. Read the original article in Plos One.

Feature | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 26, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Outside of medicine, computer-generated virtual twins of real machines like cars or airplanes have been used in...
AHA president says COVID has a direct impact on the heart and preventive measures for heart disease largely went out the window during the pandemic

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News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 — Heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than any other cause, despite, and...
The CathWorks angiography image derived FFR assessment system has received national reimbursement approval in Japan. The system uses a rotational angiography image dataset taken while the patient is in the cath lab to quickly reconstruct a 3-D coronary tree showing FFR numbers for all of the artery segments. 

The CathWorks angiography image derived FFR assessment system has received national reimbursement approval in Japan. The system uses a rotational angiography image dataset taken while the patient is in the cath lab to quickly reconstruct a 3-D coronary tree showing FFR numbers for all of the artery segments. 

News | FFR Technologies | July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 – CathWorks announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the...
Improving Consistency and Standardization with Structured Reporting in cardiovascular information systems (CVIS), cardiac PACS.

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Feature | Cardiovascular Information Systems (CVIS) | July 26, 2021
Jeff Rieder M.D., a cardiologist with Coastal Cardiology Charleston, clearly recalls the time when reporting was...
In the past decade there has been a proliferation of clinical-grade wearable monitors and implantable devices such as pacemakers, ICDs, implantable cardiac monitors, and new pacemaker-like devices that can control hypertension. In the near future, these devices will be tied into a body-wide internet of things for specific patients that can transmit patient data to clinicians wirelessly to enable an integrated, more robust form of telecardiology and telemedicine.

In the past decade there has been a proliferation of clinical-grade wearable monitors and implantable devices such as pacemakers, ICDs, implantable cardiac monitors, and new pacemaker-like devices that can control hypertension. In the near future, these devices will be tied into a body-wide internet of things for specific patients that can transmit patient data to clinicians wirelessly to enable an integrated, more robust form of telecardiology and telemedicine.

Feature | Telecardiology | July 23, 2021 | Victor Wollesen
Cardiovascular diseases are among the leading causes of death for people over 65 years old in North America and Europe...
An example of the Medis QCA angiography imaging derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment. This technology removes the need for pressure wires and adenosine used in traditional FFR assessments of the coronary arteries.

An example of the Medis QCA angiography imaging derived fractional flow reserve (FFR) assessment. This technology removes the need for pressure wires and adenosine used in traditional FFR assessments of the coronary arteries.

News | Cath Lab | July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021 — Medis Medical Imaging is partnering with CORRIB Core Lab and Sinomed in randomized clinical trial of...
An example of Viz.AI's pulmonary embolism AI application and mobile alert to the physician on-call. Viz.AI and Avicenna.AI Partner to Launch Artificial Intelligence Care Coordination for Pulmonary Embolism and Aortic Disease

An example of Viz.AI's pulmonary embolism AI application and mobile alert to the physician on-call.

News | Artificial Intelligence | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Artificial intelligence (AI)  medical imaging vendors Viz.AI and Avicenna.AIhave partnered to enable...
A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryoablation ablation EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine. The new Philips Healthcare VeriSight Pro ICE catheter offers superior 2-D and 3-D live image guidance for a wide range of procedures in structural heart disease and electrophysiology (EP), allowing interventionalists to navigate procedures.

A live, 3-D intra-cardiac echo (ICE) ultrasound image from inside the atrium of the heart taken during the first cryoablation ablation EP procedure performed using the technology at Northwestern Medicine.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021 — Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute recently became the first cardiovascular program...