News | Leads Implantable Devices

Abbott is recalling the Ellipse Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) because electrical failures have been identified and determined to be due to a faulty manufacturing process, causing some aluminum wires to be partially exposed. ICDs which contain aluminum wires that are not fully insulated are prone to electrical shorting of the capacitor. The potential patient impact could be the inability to deliver high voltage therapy. There is currently no available method or procedure to determine which of these devices have this issue prior to failure.

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News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure that loosens certain radiopharmaceutical bundling practices and simplifies Medicare billing for nuclear medicine procedures.

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News | Drug-Eluting Balloons

B. Braun Interventional Systems Inc. (BIS) announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device Designation for the SeQuent Please ReX drug-coated PTCA balloon catheter for the treatment of coronary in-stent restenosis (ISR).

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There are always a lot of guidewires used in CTO cases, but they all look the same so it can be confusing as to which is which as they are exchanged out and are all set on the same table. John Messenger, M.D., at the University of Colorado, likes to write the name of each wire on a towl and put the towel on top to keep them straight for himself and staff in the room.
Feature | Guidewires | Dave Fornell, Editor

Guidewire engineering has become more advanced over the past decade as interventional cardiologists have advanced their trade to tackle much more complex lesions, including chronic total occlusions (CTO). Moving beyond simple, straightforward percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) lesions to harder-to-reach lesions located in tortuous anatomy, revascularizing completely blocked vessel segments that often require guidewires approaching the CTO both integrate and retrograde and at times using a subintimal approach. This has been the biggest growth area for new guidewires technology.

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In July, the biggest news item was Datascope initiating a Class I recalled of its intra-aortic balloon pumps due to potential battery failure.  Most Popular Cardiology Technology Content in July 2019
Feature | Dave Fornell, Editor

Here is the list of the most popular cardiovascular news content on the Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) magazine website from the month of July 2019. This is based on the website’s 261,124 pageviews for the month:

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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for Safety in the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Environment.

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News | Simulators

Dassault Systèmes announced the five-year extension of its collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be used to develop a new digital tool to enable more efficient regulatory review of cardiovascular and medical devices. Researchers hope the process will increase industry innovation and pave the way for an efficient path for patients to access safe, effective new treatments for the world’s leading cause of death – heart disease.

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News | Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Less-invasive procedures to open severely clogged leg arteries were as good at helping people survive and avoid amputation as more invasive open surgeries, according to a new study. The results were reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.

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News | Artificial Intelligence

Clinical trials are a critical tool for getting new treatments to people who need them, but research shows that difficulty finding the right volunteer subjects can undermine the effectiveness of these studies. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center designed and tested a new computerized solution that used artificial intelligence (AI) to effectively identify eligible subjects from electronic health records (EHRs), allowing busy clinical staff to focus their limited time on evaluating the highest quality candidates.

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Coronary CT angiography images of a coronary artery depicting the perivascular fat attenuation index (FAI) before and after biologic therapy at one-year follow-up. Patients had excellent response to biologic therapy, showing clear reductions in the inflammation in plaques that cause heart attacks and stokes. Image from the Oxford Academic Cardiovascular CT Core Lab and Lab of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases at NHLBI.
Feature | Pharmaceuticals

July 31, 2019 — Researchers found anti-inflammatory drug therapies used to treat moderate to severe psoriasis can ...

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News | EP Lab

The chances of patients experiencing complications after having a cardiac device implanted vary according to where they have the procedure.

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News | Remote Monitoring

Silicon Valley-based digital health company Eko announced Eko Home, a new service that enables precise remote monitoring of cardiac function using electrocardiogram (ECG) and heart sounds. Eko Home can be used to create drug-data combinations to demonstrate real-world efficacy for pharma trials, while simultaneously allowing clinicians to collect high-quality data while outside of the clinical environment.

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Videos | Cardiac Imaging

Nate Bachman, graduate research assistant in the Human Cardiovascular Physiology Lab of the Dept. of Health and Exercise ...

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Technology | Heart Failure

Procyrion Inc. secured Breakthrough Device designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Aortix System. Aortix is a circulatory support device for chronic heart failure patients on medical management who have been hospitalized for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) with worsening renal function.

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News | Hypertension

High blood pressure among children is on the rise and a lack of research about how to treat it has left pediatricians trying to make their best guess. That’s until researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) released results of a pioneering study that used a series of personalized trials to identify a preferred therapy for kids – the first step in tackling the problem.

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