The Philips Healthcare Stellarex drug-coated balloon (DCB). It is cleared for use in peripheral vessels and treatment of failing AV access.

The Philips Healthcare Stellarex drug-coated balloon (DCB). It is cleared for use in peripheral vessels and treatment of failing AV access.

Feature | Drug-Eluting Balloons | August 06, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Drug-coated balloons (DCB), also referred to as drug-eluting balloons (DEB), were created as a way to reduce very high...
The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy. #LAA #LAAC

The Conformal Medical CLAAS device, a next-generation transcatheter left atrial appendage (LAA) closure occluder for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). LAA occlusion allows AFib patients to go off of life-long anticoagulation therapy.

News | Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Occluders | August 06, 2020
August 6, 2020 – Conformal Medical Inc. announced it secured $85 million in Series C financing to support the company’s...
CardioMech's transcatheter chordae tendineae repair system uses a catheter to attach an anchor on the mitral valve leaflet and then attaches it via a cord to the apex of the heart.

CardioMech's transcatheter chordae tendineae repair system uses a catheter to attach an anchor on the mitral valve leaflet and then attaches it via a cord to the apex of the heart.

News | Heart Valve Technology | August 05, 2020
August 5, 2020 – Minneapolis-based CardioMech AS, a medical device company developing a transfemoral, transseptally...
Wearable Sensors and AI App Used to Remotely Monitor Heart Failure Patients in NorthShore Health System. Carnegie Mellon University, Northshore and physIQ launch Study of monitoring technology for high-risk cardiac and surgical patients.
News | Remote Monitoring | August 05, 2020
August 5, 2020 – NorthShore University HealthSystem , Carnegie Mellon University and physIQ are collaborating on a...
Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis. #COVID19 #SARScov2 #Impella

Abiomed Impella is now authorized to treat critical ICU COVID-19 patients on ECMO who develop pulmonary edema or need cardiac decompensation from myocarditis.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | August 05, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 5, 2020 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) this week for...
TomTec offers innovations in cardiac ultrasound, including AI and auto quanitification of echo images.

TomTec offers innovations in cardiac ultrasound, including AI and auto quanitification of echo images.

News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 04, 2020
August 4, 2020 — Imaging software company TomTec has released its new TomTec-Arena 2020 product, which offers new...
The TactiFlex PAF investigational device exemption (IDE) study will evaluate he investigational TactiFlex Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled (SE) to treat people suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). 

The TactiFlex PAF investigational device exemption (IDE) study will evaluate he investigational TactiFlex Ablation Catheter, Sensor Enabled (SE) to treat people suffering from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). 

News | Atrial Fibrillation | August 04, 2020
August 4, 2020 — Abbott announced the first enrollments in the TactiFlex PAF  investigational device exemption (IDE)...
Examples of  allogeneic cardiac cells (also called cardiosphere-derived cells or CDCs).

Examples of allogeneic cardiac cells (also called cardiosphere-derived cells or CDCs), that were used to treat heart attack infarcts to reverse heart failure in the ALLSTAR trial.

News | Heart Failure | August 04, 2020
August 4, 2020 - More than three years after a clinical trial was prematurely ended for failing to show progress in...
Large Study in Japan Finds High Survival Rates With Impella Heart Pump
News | Cardiogenic Shock | August 03, 2020
August 3, 2020 — A three-year, investigator-led, prospective study of Japanese patients who received an Impella heart...
Two of the top pieces of content in July included the FDA clearance for the new Watchman FLX left atrial appendage occluder (left), which includes a video interview with one of the trial investigators. COVID-19 content remained among the top content in July, and one story explained the odd pattern of cardiac cell death in COVID-19 patient autopsies. 

Two of the top pieces of content in July included the FDA clearance for the new Watchman FLX left atrial appendage occluder (left), which includes a video interview with one of the trial investigators. COVID-19 content remained among the top content in July, and one story explained the odd pattern of cardiac cell death in COVID-19 patient autopsies.

Feature | August 03, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
August 3, 2020 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC)...
An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. #SCCT2020

An example of perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) imaging inside the coronary vascular wall to show areas of inflammation. The technology was created by Oxford University and several experts in cardiac CT imaging say this might be a game changer to improving risk assessments.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 30, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There is a promising recent development in cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to analyze plaque to...
Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Left, a 3-D rendering of a heart from a cardiac CT exam. Right, a lung-CT exam showing the heart and ground glass lesions in the lungs of a COVID-19 patient. CT has become a front-line imaging modality in the COVID era because it offers both cardiac and lung information to help determine a patients disposition with chest pain, COVID-19 and COVID-caused myocarditis and pulmonary embolism.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | July 28, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
July 28, 2020 — The use of cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is one of the areas that has seen a...
Videos | EP Lab | July 28, 2020
Devi G. Nair, M.D., FHRS, director of cardiac electrophysiology, St. Bernards Heart and Vascular Center, Jonesboro, Ark...
Dapagliflozin (Farxiga) heart failure drug performs very will to improve outcomes for patients with chronic kidney disease.
News | Pharmaceuticals | July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020 — AstraZeneca's heart failure medication dapagliflozin (Farxiga) significantly reduced the worsening of...
A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

A cardiac CT of a patient with pacemaker leads, which can be challenging to get good images due to metal artifact. This image was rendered from using Canon's AiCE AI-assisted interactive reconstruction with Global Illumination 3-D rendering from a scan on an Aquilion One Genesis SP system.

Feature | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 27, 2020 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There has been tremendous growth in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) in the past two decades, with...