Vscan Air, a pocket-sized ultrasound from GE Healthcare, enters the market as one of the smallest and lightweight handheld devices without compromising crystal clear image quality and secure data sharing. The vScan is a point of care ultrasound (POCUS).

Vscan Air, a pocket-sized ultrasound from GE Healthcare, enters the market as one of the smallest and lightweight handheld devices without compromising crystal clear image quality and secure data sharing.

News | Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) | March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021 — GE Healthcare this week unveiled Vscan Air, a cutting-edge, wireless pocket-sized ultrasound that...
Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass Microspheres enable selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), or radioembolization, for hepatocellular carcinoma. This treats liver cancer with low toxicity using millions of microscopic glass beads containing radioactive yttrium (Y-90), delivered directly to liver tumors via catheter. The result in minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass Microspheres enable selective internal radiation therapy (SIRT), or radioembolization, for hepatocellular carcinoma. This treats liver cancer with low toxicity using millions of microscopic glass beads containing radioactive yttrium (Y-90), delivered directly to liver tumors via catheter. The result in minimal radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.

News | Interventional Radiology | March 18, 2021
March 18, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared Boston Scientific's TheraSphere Y-90 Glass...
Integrating data from an array of implantable EP devices from different vendors can be difficult or require disconnected silos of data for different vendors. One solution that was recently introduced to integrate data from various vendors is the Optimize EP software, which allows viewing data from all device vendors in one platform to streamline workflows.

Integrating data from an array of implantable EP devices from different vendors can be difficult or require disconnected silos of data for different vendors. One solution that was recently introduced to integrate data from various vendors is the Optimize EP software, which allows viewing data from all device vendors in one platform to streamline workflows.

Feature | EP Lab | March 17, 2021 | By Maninder Bedi, M.D.
A few weeks ago, a patient of mine experienced a cardiac event — his heart stopped. Completely. However, his...
MRI scan of a damaged heart. Blue means reduced blood flow, orange is good blood flow. In this figure the inferior part of the heart shows dark blue, so the myocardial blood flow is very reduced. The angiogram shows the coronary artery which supplies the blood to this part of the heart is occluded. The three colored MRI images show different slices of the heart — the basal mid and apical slices. Image courtesy of European Heart Journal #COVID #COVID19

MRI scan of a damaged heart. Blue means reduced blood flow, orange is good blood flow. In this figure the inferior part of the heart shows dark blue, so the myocardial blood flow is very reduced. The angiogram shows the coronary artery which supplies the blood to this part of the heart is occluded. The three colored MRI images show different slices of the heart — the basal mid and apical slices. Image courtesy of European Heart Journal

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021 — Around 50% of patients who have been hospitalized with severe COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and have damage to...
The Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system produces a flash of light as it releases a sonic shockwave, as seen here as it is about to shatter a gypsum bead during a TCT 2019 demonstration at the vendor's booth. The technology combines a miniaturized lithotripsy system with a low-pressure balloon catheter to expand peripheral or coronary arteries without causing vessel trauma. Photo by Dave Fornell

The Shockwave intravascular lithotripsy system produces a flash of light as it releases a sonic shockwave, as seen here as it is about to shatter a gypsum bead during a TCT 2019 demonstration at the vendor's booth. You can see the cracks forming as the bead breaks apart in the right bead. The technology combines a miniaturized lithotripsy system with a low-pressure balloon catheter to expand peripheral or coronary arteries without causing vessel trauma. Photo by Dave Fornell

Blog | Cath Lab | March 16, 2021
After covering cardiovascular technologies for 14 years, it is rare that I find a new technology that might actually be...
Cloud AI software-as-a-service (SaaS) can help streamline workflows and increase throughput, enabling echocardiographers to better measure global longitudinal strain (GLS) more routinely without impacting productivity. This is an example of the Ultromics EchoGo Core artificial intelligence algorithm with fully automates GLS.

Cloud artificial intelligence (AI) software-as-a-service (SaaS) can help streamline workflows and increase throughput, enabling echocardiographers to better measure global longitudinal strain (GLS) more routinely without impacting productivity. This is an example of the Ultromics EchoGo Core artificial intelligence algorithm, which fully automates GLS. Learn more at www.ultromics.com.

Feature | Artificial Intelligence | March 16, 2021
Heart failure (HF) is a prevalent yet silent epidemic, affecting 26 million people and costing global healthcare...
Example of an angioplasty balloon catheter being expanded inside an artery to push atherosclerotic plaque and thrombus out of the way to reopen the vessel lumen to increase or reopen bloodflow. Balloon catheters are used to revascularize patients with heart attacks and to deploy stents to prop open the expended vessel.

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Feature | Balloon Catheter | March 16, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
The first devices developed for interventional cardiology were percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)...
A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) (green). Image by Lina Greenberg.

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that the coronavirus can invade and replicate inside heart muscle cells, causing cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The image of engineered heart tissue shows human heart muscle cells (red) infected with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) (green). Image by Lina Greenberg.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced...
The Philips Stellarex low-dose paclitaxel drug-coated balloon prior to insertion in the cath lab. Five-year ILLUMENATE EU RCT and Pivotal Data Confirm Safety of Philips Stellarex Low-dose Drug-coated Balloon

The Philips Stellarex low-dose paclitaxel drug-coated balloon prior to insertion in the cath lab.

News | Drug-Eluting Balloons | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Philips Healthcare announced the final, five-year results of two major randomized controlled trials (...
Interactions between capillary function, inflammation, hypoxia, and neurotransmission. The expression of ACE2 and other SARS‐CoV‐2 entry factors on parenchymal cells and observations of infected cells in biopsy material hold important clues to understand COVID‐19‐related organ damage. COVID-19 Blood Vessel Damage May Cause Brain Fog and Other Long-hauler Symptoms

Interactions between capillary function, inflammation, hypoxia, and neurotransmission. The expression of ACE2 and other SARS‐CoV‐2 entry factors on parenchymal cells and observations of infected cells in biopsy material hold important clues to understand COVID‐19‐related organ damage. Find more figures and read the full study.

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — A new review suggests that blood vessel damage and impaired oxygen delivery related to COVID-19 play a...
Cardinal Health Sells its Cordis Cardiology Business to Hellman & Friedman. Hopes to build the Cordis Accelerator for innovative cardiovascular device development.
News | Cardiovascular Business | March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021 — Cardinal Health today announced that it is selling its Cordis cardiology and endovascular business to...
An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart  procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

An example of intra-cardiac echo (ICE) imaging from Siemens Healthineers showing color flow Doppler with severe valve regurgitation. ICE has seen wider use in transcatheter structural heart procedures because, unlike TEE, it can be used without deeper sedation of anesthesia.

Feature | Ultrasound Intra-cardiac Echo (ICE) | March 11, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Intra-cardiac Echocardiography (ICE) uses catheter-based cardiac ultrasound array to image anatomy and devices inside...
The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French.

The Teleflex Manta large-bore vascular closure device can seal holes between 12 and 25 French. 

Feature | Hemostasis Management | March 09, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
While many cardiac and vascular procedures have largely moved to minimally invasive techniques, the size of these...
Ophthalmic optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan view of the macula in retina with vessels. Detecting heart disease with OCT imaging of the eye.Getty Images

Ophthalmic optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan view of the macula in retina with vessels. Getty Images
 

News | Cardiac Diagnostics | March 08, 2021
March 8, 2021 — In a new study from Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, researchers have identified a...
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY (ACC) Late-breaking clinical trial study presentations at ACC.21. @ACC21 @ACC2021
Feature | ACC | March 08, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
The latest cardiology practice-changing scientific breakthrough, late-breaking study presentations have been announced...