An example of 3-D computer aided design (CAD) software from Materialise being used at Henry Ford Hospital to evaluate left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction from a Sapian TAVR valve virtually implanted in the mitral valve position. Henry Ford uses both 3-D printing and CAD to plan and guide complex structural heart procedures. 

An example of 3-D computer aided design (CAD) software from Materialise being used at Henry Ford Hospital to evaluate left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction from a Sapian TAVR valve virtually implanted in the mitral valve position. Henry Ford uses both 3-D printing and CAD to plan and guide complex structural heart procedures. 

Feature | Medical 3-D Printing | January 24, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
With increasing complexity of interventional structural heart disease and congenital heart disease interventions, 3-D...
Cardiologists are taking a closer look at the possible long-term cardiovascular effects on COVID long-hauler patients who still show symptoms long after they should be recovered from the virus. Getty Images

Cardiologists are taking a closer look at the possible long-term cardiovascular effects on COVID long-hauler patients who still show symptoms long after they should be recovered from the virus. Getty Images

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 22, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
With nearly a year of experience with the COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, it has been found that some post-COVID patients...
COVID-19 has had a major impact on cardiology and every week new information comes out on the impact of the virus on the heart. #COVID19

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Blog | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 21, 2021
As of January 2021, in the United States we are now on month 10 of the COVID-19 pandemic. One year ago, we followed...
HeartSciences has been developing a new type of ECG system called Wavelet ECG that may offer a new way of looking at the heart. The MyoVista system uses continuous wavelet transform (CWT) signal processing to provide new frequency and energy information to detect cardiac relaxation abnormalities associated with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction commonly associated with hypertension, diabetes, valvular disease, ischemia, and reduced systolic function. Artificial intelligence is used to read the exam.

HeartSciences has been developing a new type of ECG system called Wavelet ECG that may offer a new way of looking at the heart. The MyoVista system uses continuous wavelet transform (CWT) signal processing to provide new frequency and energy information to detect cardiac relaxation abnormalities associated with left ventricular diastolic dysfunction commonly associated with hypertension, diabetes, valvular disease, ischemia and reduced systolic function. Artificial intelligence is used to read the nuances of these complex waveforms.

Feature | ECG | January 20, 2021 | By Dave Fornell, Editor
Here are a few trends to watch for in electrocardiogram (ECG, or if you prefer the original German EKG) systems. The...
A new CMS national coverage determination for reimbursement for MitraClip significantly expand access to transcatheter mitral valve repair procedures for secondary mitral regurgitation.
News | Heart Valve Technology | January 20, 2021
January 20, 2021 — The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its National Coverage...
More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell. Interventional X-ray market.

More complex, longer interventional procedures such as structural heart interventions or this revascularization of a coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, requires angiography imaging systems that have improved image detail and lower radiation dose. However, purchase of new systems was put on hold by many hospitals in 2020 due to the sudden drop in elective procedures and diversion of resources due to the COVID-19. Photo by Dave Fornell.

Feature | Angiography | January 19, 2021 | By Bhvita Jani
January 19, 2021 – With the postponement of non-essential elective surgeries and medical procedures in 2020 to conserve...
Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Images #RSNA20 #RSNA2020

Clinicians reviewing a COVID-19 patient's lung CT that reveals the severity of COVID-caused pneumonia. The impact of COVID on radiology was a major, over arching trend at  the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Getty Images

Feature | RSNA | January 18, 2021 | By Dave Fornell and Melinda Taschetta-Millane
Not surprisingly, many of the key trends observed at the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting...
Coronary CT angiography (CCTA or CTA) images courtesy of Canon Medical Systems.

Coronary CT angiography images courtesy of Canon Medical Systems.

News | CT Angiography (CTA) | January 18, 2021
January 18, 2020 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT), in collaboration with the North American...
A recent Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) survey found nearly 40 percent of Americans still do not feel safe going to the doctor's office while coronavirus is still a risk. Survey respondents also said they are more afraid of catching the virus than they are of a heart attack or stroke, which may delay critical treatment. Getty Images

A recent Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) survey found nearly 40 percent of Americans still do not feel safe going to the doctor's office while coronavirus is still a risk. Survey respondents also said they are more afraid of catching the virus than they are of a heart attack or stroke, which may delay critical treatment. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 18, 2021
January 18, 2021 — According to a new national survey released Jan. 13 by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography...
The FineHeart Transcutaneous Energy Transfer (TET) System for the ICOMS cardiac assist device. 1. The ICOMS heart pump. 2. The implanted TET transfer pad. 3. The external energy transfer pad.

The FineHeart Transcutaneous Energy Transfer (TET) System for the ICOMS cardiac assist device. 1. The ICOMS heart pump. 2. The implanted TET transfer pad. 3. The external energy transfer pad.

News | Heart Failure | January 13, 2021
January 13, 2021 — FineHeart, a preclinical-stage medical device company developing a novel left ventricular assist...
Myocarditis among recovering COVID-19 athletes less common than previously reported

Myocarditis among recovering COVID-19 athletes appears to be less common than previously reported. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 12, 2021
January 11, 2021 — In a letter published in the December issue of the American Heart Association (AHA) medical journal ...
The AHA and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine are collaborating to evaluate impact of COVID on the hearts of athletes, improve detection and inform safe return to play. #COVID19

The AHA and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine are collaborating to evaluate impact of COVID on the hearts of athletes, improve detection and inform safe return to play. Getty Images

News | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 12, 2021
January 12, 2021 — The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM)...
 Medtronic Evolut TAVR Cleared in Canada for Both Bicuspid Valves in Intermediate or Greater Risk and for All Low Risk Patients for TAVR
News | Structural Heart | January 11, 2021
January 11, 2021 — Medtronic has received a new expanded indication from Health Canada for its Evolut Transcatheter...
A device programmer showing the suspension of ICD therapies (orange bar, red arrow) with iPhone 12 laying over patient’s chest (green arrow) and fluoroscopy of iPhone 12 showing the circular magnet array (yellow arrow). iPhone 12 can cause ICDs to stop working

A device programmer showing the suspension of ICD therapies (orange bar, red arrow) with iPhone 12 laying over patient’s chest (green arrow) and fluoroscopy of iPhone 12 showing the circular magnet array (yellow arrow). Read the full study

News | Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) | January 08, 2021
January 8, 2020 — A new study published this week in HeartRhythm, the journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), found...
While the FDA said the risk that SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations will only have a minor impact on testing accuracy is low, the agency singled out three tests are they had a higher concern. FDA warns PCR tests may be innaccurate with new UK virus varient.

While the FDA said the risk that SARS-CoV-2 virus mutations will only have a minor impact on testing accuracy is low, the agency singled out three tests are they had a higher concern.

Feature | Coronavirus (COVID-19) | January 08, 2021 | Dave Fornell, Editor
January 8, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare providers that it is monitoring...